(January 9, 2003) -- The Ports of LB and L.A. will test new, high tech worker ID cards for waterfront truckers, longshoremen and other shipping terminal works -- using a digital and holographic photo identity card with an embedded electronic chip, magnetic chip, bar code and optical laser strip -- as part of a process to select and evaluate technologies so a prototype "Transportation Worker Identity Card" system will be in place by the end of the year.
Electronic card readers will be placed at six test terminal sites in the two Ports with the readers linked to an info database controlling access to the shipping terminals.
The pilot project is meant to test different technology and ascertain which works best. The federal Transportation Security Administration is developing a similar program on a smaller scale with the Delaware River Port Authority of PA and NJ.
Port of LB Executive Director Richard Steinke said in a written release that after the test period at the Ports of LB and L.A., "the Transportation Security Administration will be in a position to recommend the appropriate ways and means of expanding the program."
LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill said in the release, "This is one more layer of security being developed by our Port. We continue to support the Port's efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Port and the people in our community."