28 May, 2009
CoreStreet, a provider of credential validation solutions, announced that its CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution has been chosen by the Staten Island Ferry for its Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader pilot program. Under terms of the agreement, the solution will be used by the ferry to validate TWIC cards at facility access control points.
Providing 20 million people per year with service between Staten Island and lower Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry is one of the vessel operators participating in the program. Test results will be used to support the final TWIC reader rule which will establish requirements for all TWIC readers.
The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution includes a portable TWIC reader running the CoreStreet PIVMAN Client software. The device reads the TWIC card and uses the TSA TWIC hotlist to determine the most current validity status of the card. The solution authenticates and validates FIPS 201-compliant or compatible cards and additionally allows for integration with existing Physical Access Control Systems (PACS), such as Lenel OnGuard.
The CoreStreet PIVMAN System is also the listed on the TSA TWIC Initial Capability Evaluation list, the FIPS 201 Approved Products List, the Department of Homeland Security Authorized Equipment List and the DHS Standardized Equipment List. The solution furthermore qualifies for DHS grant reimbursement under numerous programs, including the Port Security Grant Program.
TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act, and is a common identification credential issued to workers and credentialed merchant mariners who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels and outer continental shelf facilities. Through the TWIC reader pilot program, TWIC card scanning systems will be evaluated in real-world security environments.