The Transportation Security Administration has approved four biometric devices created by Sagem Morpho to be trialed in Los Angeles, New York, and Long Beach, Calif. for use in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program. All four devices are biometric access control devices, three being fixed units and one being a handheld, designed to control employee only access at ports.
The Sagem Morpho products included include the MA120w, MA521, OMA521 Outdoor, and Morpho Check portable. The Morpho OMA521 and MA521 are biometric readers with fake finger detection.. The OMA device is designed specifically for use in the harsh outdoor environments typically found in ports.
The TWIC program will see transportation workers carrying smart cards for identification, authentication, and access needs. Additionally, the program requires interoperability among all installed systems nationwide. Most cards’ biometric information will consist of fingerprint data.