US Cargo Facilities Secured with Integrated Biometrics “Columbo” Fingerprint Sensors

Integrated Biometrics, designer and manufacturer of high performance mobile biometric fingerprint sensors, stated recently that its “Columbo” FBI-certified FAP 30 single-digit fingerprint scanner currently has a vital role to play in securing US cargo facilities.

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The United States Coast Guard bought 250 of the Columbo-fitted “Mozaic ID” handheld devices from Parroco Security Integration Group (P-SIG) and has deployed themat ports to perform verification of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) system, which was installed to avert terrorist attacks at container cargo facilities by establishing and biometrically confirming the identity of all employees with access to those facilities.

After 9/11, Homeland Security put TWIC in place to secure the nation’s cargo facilities against attack. These are workplaces where ease of use, durability and simplicity are key, and where environmental conditions can be harsh. Our products are recognized in the market for their ruggedness and mobility, making them the go-to devices for securing borders and facilities around the world. IB is thrilled that P-SIG chose Columbo as the biometric sensor for Mozaic ID.

David Gerulski, Executive Vice President, Integrated Biometrics

The Mozaic ID device confirms the security of facilities in a number of ways, including biometric verification of a person’s identity to whom the TWIC card has been handed out and proving that the facilities’ TWIC card readers are working correctly. Mozaic ID adheres to the Coast Guard “Reader Rule” and is compatible with TWIC, PIV, PIV-I, CAC, and other issued Smartcards.

The Coast Guard requirements were stringent in terms of functionality, reliability, durability and mobility. Their decision to go with the Mozaic ID device is testament to the hard work and dedication of our development and manufacturing teams, and to the fantastic Columbo fingerprint scanner, which made a vital contribution to the winning of this contract.

Jim Parroco, CEO, P-SIG

The TWIC program, set up 2002, provides a tamper-resistant biometric documentation to maritime workers needing unescorted access to protected areas of outer continental shelf facilities, port facilities, and vessels controlled under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 and all merchant mariners with Coast Guard credentials. Over two million TWIC cards have been dispensed.

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