US Army Looking at Biometrics for Access Control

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The US Army is seriously considering moving away from the plastic ID cards that make up their Common Access Card and implementing a biometric-based ‘Pandemic Entry & Automated Control Environment’, industry sources have been able to suggest.

The military’s Common Access Card is used by military personnel, both uniformed and civilian, to gain access to installations and is needed to access certain government computers.

It’s also required for making purchases at commissaries and exchange shops. But the Army says a physical card is ‘subject to compromise and in a pandemic environment results in a significant risk to the population that is to be protected.’

The Army’s aim is to develop a “Pandemic Entry & Automated Control Environment” that makes use of biometrics — such as facial recognition or other physical traits — and data such as a password to enable base entry, the bid announcement said.

“Use of PEACE provides real-time validation of persons at the entry point location as well as within the installation and various facilities,” the Army announcement said.

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