Last week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its list of TWIC Readers that have successfully completed the Initial Capability Evaluation (ICE) to include an additional hand-held reader. This brings the total of portable readers that have passed the ICE to 17 (from nine suppliers). Eleven fixed readers (from four suppliers) are also on the ICE List. Both of these sets of TWIC readers support the TWIC Privacy Key (TPK) and enciphered biometrics (i.e., the card holder’s fingerprints) during both registration and subsequent operations. Additionally, two other readers (from two suppliers) that use the TPK and TWIC biometrics only during registration, while using some other biometric during operations, have also passed the evaluation.
As for the ICE itself, its purpose is “to evaluate if a given TWIC Reader has implemented an identified set of functionality specified in the TWIC Reader Hardware and Card Application Specification Version 1.1, Amendment 1 allowing said TWIC Reader to operate in a variety of expected normal situations as well as a few anticipated exception cases.” Essentially this means that the Reader should accept valid TWICs of registered individuals, reject valid TWICs of unregistered individuals, and reject expired TWICs, all within certain timeframes. The specific scenarios are spelled out in Attachment 2 to the Broad Agency Announcement for TWIC Readers.
TIP OF THE HAT: I originally learned of an earlier (9/13/10) update to the ICE List from Eric Holdeman’s Disaster Zone, an emergency management blog.
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