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as it not only reads TWIC cards but also scans driver?s li- censes and military IDs, matches person-of-interest look- ups with law enforcement lists and authorized lists, and is capable of integrating with existing port security systems. Both the lighter and smaller Model IM2610 and the more ruggedized Model IM2620 incorporate these features, which were not contained in our previous TWIC readers.? Ludlow also told MarineNews in September, ?Given our experience in ID card system solutions, the TWIC reader solution was not a stretch for us.? Addressing those who continue to resist the implementation of the TWIC pro- gram, he added, ?As many as 1.5 military personnel and several million more civilians already comply with similar programs as they go to work. Vendors going to work on military bases also must comply.? Ludlow?s version of the TWIC reader can be had for as little as $5,200, in a standalone version, and the Intellicheck Mobilisa entry can integrate with myriad control systems. Intellicheck?s TWIC readers are already being sold into the market and are in use today at major ports on both coasts. SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC JOINS THE PARTY In August, the successful testing of Schneider Electric?s PC3-TBR reader against the speci cations set forth by the TWIC Reader Evaluation Program was announced. Ac- cording to Schneider Electric?s executive VP Smart Infra- structure Division Ignacio Gonzalez, ?As one of the  rst vendors to undergo testing for a TWIC reader, Schneider Electric is a pioneer of the new program ? The successful completion of the test demonstrates Schneider Electric?s industry leadership in the terminal automation sector.? Schneider Electric is a specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, offering inte- grated solutions across multiple market segments, including Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused, among other things, on making energy safe and re- liable, the group?s entry into the TWIC reader business was a natural extension of what they already do. As one of just two TSA certi ed providers (as MarineNews went to press), Schneider gives terminal operators even more choices when it comes to ramping up for what could be the  nal rule. Although security card reader devices are not Schneider?s primary focus, the  rm started evaluating a biometric solu- tion over 3 years ago. In 2012, Schneider became ICE list certi ed with its device and then started actively pursuing the biometric certi cation. Schneider Electric?s integrated solutions reach across multiple market segments, includ- ing solutions offered to bulk fuel terminals. According to Schneider, the DTN Guardian 3 is one of the most compre- MN October2013 Layout 18-31.indd 29MN October2013 Layout 18-31.indd 299/30/2013 11:25:38 AM9/30/2013 11:25:38 AM

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