By Todd Simoneaux, Director of Hardware Technology
TWIC compliance will affect plant operations. Keep these principles in mind as you select your compliance strategy.
For the last several months, it's been almost impossible to visit a refinery or chemical plant without discussing the topic of the TWIC Final Rule. This long-awaited regulation is finally giving definition to the challenge of fully complying with the government's plan to protect our critical infrastructure.
Most facilities we serve are subject to the TWIC regulations because they connect with Coast Guard regulated waterways and the connected rail systems. As a result, they have until August 23, 2018 to implement a system to control the access to their plant using biometric credentials. In other words, they must invest in software and hardware that can verify a person's identity by using a unique identifier like their fingerprint, eye, or face.
The problem is, since the government took so long to complete the final rule, many biometric manufacturers have lost interest in this relatively small opportunity (compare the size of our market to other biometric uses like cellphones). So, the choices are narrow and still evolving as we approach a decision point on the system of choice.
We've built expertise in this arena so we find ourselves advising our clients as the solutions become more clear. As you evaluate your options, Keep these thoughts as a guide:
If inFRONT can assist you in determining a clear TWIC strategy, create and evaluate a pilot solution, or address integration with World class Emergency Response, please let me know.