Florida ports install biometric readers
GE Security said it has deployed its biometric reader system to all 12 deepwater ports in Florida in support of a statewide access credential for port workers.
Ports in Florida have been required since 2001 to have identification cards to control access by workers and regular visitors. The systems operate independently and truck drivers and others that frequent multiple ports must purchase multiple badges. The Florida Uniform Port Access Credential is a biometric identity card that will be accepted at all ports.
The GE Security system, called Identity Commander, is designed to work with FUPAC and the federal government’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential, which is being rolled out. The fingerprint portion of the program is on hold until reader technology is refined and tested.
The FUPAC system is also based on a criminal history background check and fingerprint identification buried in the card. The system searches the database to match the cardholder with records on file before allowing entry.