In anticipation of the U.S. government's Maritime Transportation Security Administration (MTSA) regulations, a large oil refinery company took a proactive approach and engaged ADT to help customize a solution that would integrate the new government-issued Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card with its current electronic access control system. While not yet fully implemented due to the regulations not having been finalized, ADT is helping the company to prepare to meet the new expanded requirements as soon as the cards are issued.
The company has more than 600 sites with 20,000 cardholders who will be affected by the MTSA regulation that will require the TWIC card. ADT currently maintains 25 locations that use an industry access control solution and is developing a solution that will allow the company to utilize their existing card readers which may result in an estimated US$600,000 savings for the company.
The US congress directed the federal government, through MTSA, to issue a biometric security credential to individuals requiring unescorted access to secure areas of facilities and vessels and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials or qualification documents.
After evaluating the anticipated direction of the MTSA and the company's system, ADT determined it could reengineer the company's existing electronic access control system with minimal modifications. The existing access control system is well maintained, making it readily adaptable to modifications. Abiding by the MTSA regulations which required that an individual present his/her access card to be checked against a database for verification before granting or denying access, ADT set about configuring an upgrade that would perform as specified.
The ADT team implemented a software solution that is used for personal identity verification and would be the liaison between the on-site reader accepting the TWIC cards, the US government server which would house the status of the individual and the existing access control system.
By being proactive, anticipating future regulations and involving professional help in the early phase of this project, the company benefited from time and cost efficiencies. The ADT team had sufficient time to explore options and in this case, was able to configure a solution that integrates with the company's current system which could potentially save the company $600,000.
Since deploying this software solution, the company is currently enrolling TWIC cards into its access control system and once the government implements the new regulations, the company will be ready to use the cards to grant or deny access.