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TWIC Applications Supported By MorphoTablet

A touch-sensitive device from Morpho (Safran) that adds the security of biometrics (fingerprint and face) and cryptographic functions to mobile operations, is now supported by a suite of applications from Generic Smart Cards LLC.

The MorphoTablet with a seven-inch display now hosts the ScanMyTWIC and PINchanger applications for the TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) program, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and US Coast Guard initiative. TWIC provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.

The ScanMyTWIC application is a card holder diagnostic that performs a comprehensive scan of a TWIC or PIV (Personal Identity Verification) card using either the contactless card interface via NFC or a contact reader. Morpho said a contact reader is preferred due to the fact that much richer information is available over the contact interface. A Personal Identification Number (PIN) used in conjunction with the contact interface provides access to the facial image and any printed information. Detailed information is displayed and can also be emailed.

ScanMyTWIC supports the TWIC Canceled Card List that determines whether a TWIC card is still trusted by the TSA.

PINchanger is a utility application that permits TWIC or PIV card holders to change their PIN value, assuming they know their current PIN. Generic Smart Cards LLC has developed this Android application for situations in which it may be necessary for TWIC card holders to change an existing PIN. Applicants can now request TWIC cards to be directly mailed to the transportation worker with a pre-assigned PIN value that has not been selected by the end-user.

Evaluation versions of these Generic Smart Cards LLC Android applications are now available free of charge on Google Play. These evaluation versions are called ScanMyTWICeval and PINchangerEval.

Meanwhile, Morpho has announced the opening of a new research and development and manu-facturing center in Andover, Massachusetts.

Dedicated to the development and testing of advanced detection technologies, Morpho Detec-tion’s new Andover facility houses its (ITMS) Trace Explosives and Narcotics Detection Center of Excellence and the R&D and production facility for its newest product – the SourceID handheld Radiation Isotope Identification Device (RIID).

Previously located in Middlesex County for more than 20 years, the new facility will develop next-generation explosives, narcotics and radiation detection systems.

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