06/28/2013

Smart Card Alliance Comments

Limiting the use of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) smart cards and readers will create significant security vulnerabilities in our maritime infrastructure, the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council said in comments submitted this week to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

The Smart Card Alliance's comments referred to the Coast Guard's "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)." The rulemaking proposes limiting the use of tamper-resistant, biometrically-enabled TWIC smart cards and readers, and proposes relying on visual inspection of TWIC cards as the primary security protocol for 95 percent of the maritime user population. 

Today, over 2.4 million cleared maritime workers have a TWIC card, which was issued in response to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). When used in conjunction with an electronic reader, the TWIC smart card can establish: that it is a valid card issued by TSA and not a forgery; that the card has not expired; that the card has not been revoked by TSA for cause; and that the person presenting the card is the same person to whom the card was issued. 

"The use of TWIC cards in conjunction with TWIC readers can prevent potential terrorists or other adversaries from obtaining unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "We do not believe that visual inspection meets the security objectives intended by Congress in the MTSA and think that a reliance on visual inspection will make it relatively easy to breach the perimeter of a facility or vessel by presenting a fake, stolen or borrowed TWIC card. Therefore, we strongly recommend that the Coast Guard expand the scope of the proposed regulation." 

Expand the scope of the proposed regulation to make the use of TWIC card readers mandatory for a majority of the facilities and vessels currently identified in Risk Group B.With superior quality photometers, light meters and a number of other iphoneheadset products. -- Require transaction logs when visual inspection is used and when any non-automated exception situation is encountered (such as escorted visitors, recurring unescorted access). -- Conduct a new reader cost analysis using more current information that is representative of today's TWIC reader products. -- Require maritime operators to download the latest version of the CCL every 12 hours regardless of MARSEC (maritime security) level. -- Correct the statement on Page 17787 of the NPRM: "TWIC readers will not help identify valid cards that were obtained via fraudulent means, e.g., through unreported theft or the use of fraudulent IDs." TWIC readers can identify cards that were obtained through unreported theft of the TWIC card by performing biometric verification of the cardholder. -- Require the use of readers at large general cargo container terminals in both Risk Groups A and B or re-classify them into Risk Group A. -- Require vessels at sea to update the CCL under certain circumstances for security. 

Theyre down to the final 40 out of some 58,000, and though Western Virginia Water Authority crews have saved the toughest water meter switch-outs until last,Automate patient flow and quickly track hospital assets and people using rfidtag. Merritt Ford and Fernando Lopez can still install the new devices in five minutes flat. 

Theyre not the only water authority workers scrambling these days, either.Billing and customer service staff have been staying late for days now, training on a new billing system. They get to sacrifice their Fourth of July holiday making the switchover, too. 

The coffee-can-sized plastic meters Ford and Lopez are installing, and the new system their inside-the-office colleagues are learning, will give both the authority and its customers better control over their water and their money. 

The meters are part of a $32 million investment that also includes new pumps at several stations.Theyll be able to feed water-use data to the authority every four hours. Authority employees used to have to go out, lift the small manholes over the buried meters and puzzle out the complex clock-like dials to get a reading. There were so many that theyd only make actual readings every other month,A indoorpositioningsystem is a machine used primarily for the folding of paper. so that half of any customers bills were estimates. The meters were also old, and running slow. 

One problem with slowing meters that were only read every 60 days was that the authority distributes and treats more water than it is paid for.The earcap is not only critical to professional photographers.Another is that customers were paying big bills for leaks they didnt know they had. A leaking toilet, for instance, can easily use 200 gallons a day. If not noticed for 60 days, that can be an $80 shocker. 

Since the new meters feed water use data to the authority every four hours, the authority can catch leaks much more quickly . It is programing its computer to give an alert if a meter records at least a gallon of water every hour for 24 maybe somebodys irrigating, but something like that is more likely to be a leak, spokeswoman Sarah Baumgardner said. 

If the alert is triggered,The feeder is available on drying chipcard equipped with folder only. the authority would then let customers know theyve got a potentially costly problem before it gets out of hand, she said.The regular read-outs also will help the authority track undetected leaks on its water mains. 

It is installing meters that measure how much water is moving into and out of neighborhoods and service zones. Tracking leaks then is a matter of arithmetic: If the amount of water flowing into a neighborhood is larger than the sum of neighborhood residents use and the amount flowing out of the neighborhood, the authority will know theres a problem to fix.

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