What is the TWIC Card? Learning a Little More About Transportation Security
It sometimes feels like the world of security is always evolving, with advancements being revealed constantly. This is particularly true in the world of transportation security, and we here at Trinity Gate and Door make it a top priority to always stay educated and informed on the advancements in the security world.
One way we’ve seen security transform in transportation over the past decade is the emergence of the security biometric card called the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card (or, TWIC). It is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. This card was a way for the U.S. Coast Guard to help provide access for port workers and mariners to secure areas of both vessels and ports. It remains an effective method of identification and security and is used in our local region of the Puget Sound by areas run by the Maritime Transportation Security Act.
When it comes to the TWIC card, cardholders have gone through an extensive background check in order to ensure they are cleared for high security areas. The TWIC card can be read by a card reader, which is something we know a lot about here at Trinity Gate and Door. We specialize in card reader systems and frequently assist in the sales and installations of these advanced systems, which makes us all the more passionate about the TWIC card.
In addition, with advancements in card technology, the TWIC card is embedded with a template of the cardholder’s fingerprints. This method of streamlining the security process is especially helpful to ports and maritime vessels since it now allows individuals to move freely in certain areas, unescorted. If you have recently begun some kind of contract work for a maritime facility or other, the contract should outline whether or not you are required to obtain a TWIC card. Those who are able to apply for the TWIC credential are U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens in certain immigration/non-immigrant categories.
The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) is managed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and it is the TSA who will perform an extensive background check on individuals to then approve the card. While we here at Trinity Gate and Door are not able to issue the TWIC to individuals, we believe in being educated on all matters security related and are here to help answer any questions you may have regarding the TWIC card.
When you find yourself looking for more information about the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) feel free to get a hold of our team here at Trinity Gate and Door. We specialize in all things security and are proud to assist our customers with understanding the way security matters affect their lives. With our expertise regarding TWIC, as well as our history of offering outstanding service to the community of the Greater Northwest for over 30 years, there are few security questions we can’t answer. So the next time you are interested in learning more about the TWIC card, connect with our experts at (425) 881 – 3554 today. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!