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January 18, 2013
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When you look in the mirror what do you see?  The perspective of the person with the eyes is what counts.  It may change with age, experience or interests.  So too, how people and organizations view the Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) may depend on where they are coming from and what it means to their bottom line.  

 

I know from talking to people who have to install and operate TWIC biometric systems that the road to TWIC implementation has taken too long and is not considered a "success" by the end users of the "new and improved security system."  A identification system may be needed, but the effectiveness of the system and the cost to implement are appropriate considerations.

 

Having said that there are others who are strong proponents of TWIC and other security identification systems.  Such as the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA).  IBIA is a non-profit trade group that advocates and promotes the responsible use of technologies for managing human identity. It fulfills its mission through advocacy, education and outreach. For more information on them visit www.ibia.org

 

They responded to recent articles on TWIC with Recent Trade Press Articles Inaccurately Depict TWIC Program  My only caution to the reader is to be discerning.  One of the missions of trade groups is to promote their trade.  There are hundreds of millions of dollars on the table and at risk if the biometric readers required by legislation are not implemented.  The information provided may be right on the money and appropriate in correcting misperceptions.  However, this is coming from a perspective of firms who stand to win business with the implementation of TWIC.
The saga will no doubt continue!
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