06 April, 2009
L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. expanded its line of government access control solutions with the release of the TWIC-Station, a new access control device capable of reading a range of secure government credentials based on the FIPS 201 standard including Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, Personal Idetification Verficiation IDs and Common Access Cards.
The device also offers single or multi-factor authentication control with support for PIN codes and is capable of matching the fingerprint of a cardholder to the biometric stored on the card.
The L-1 TWIC-Station meets the latest TWIC Reader Hardware and Card Application Specifications issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration. It supports multiple credentials based on the FIPS 201 model and can read PIV fingerprints.
The unit’s fingerprint algorithm is GSA-approved and FIPS 201 compliant and the UPEK TCSI fingerprint sensor offering 500 DPI is FIPS 201 compliant and FBI approved.
The federal TWIC program provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas at U.S. ports and to vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act. The cards are also issued to all U.S. Coast Guard credentialed merchant mariners. Government employees accessing maritime ports and vessels can use a PIV or CAC identification card for entry.
TWIC and PIC secure credentials are based on FIPS 201 that requires all government agencies to authenticate employees, contractors, and civil servants using stronger authentication methods, including fingerprint biometrics, for access control.