US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

“From mid-August, all vendors and contractors operating on the base will need to use the new cards, which will be issued for free to approved applicants.”

Joint Region Marianas, the US military authority that runs the Guam Navy and Air Force base, is moving toward a new biometric access control system, reports Pacific Daily News.US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

It’s a pivot away from the Navy Commercial Access Control System, with authorities making the switch to the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), an access control system based on barcode and biometric scanning. From mid-August, all vendors and contractors operating on the base will need to use the new cards, which will be issued for free to approved applicants.

As Pacific Daily News reports, the system is expected to reduce traffic congestion at the base’s access points, with the biometric DBIDS cards able to scan in under a second.

The move reflects a growing interest in biometric technologies on the part of the military, with a Technavio market forecast released at the end of last year predicting a seven percent CAGR for the global military biometrics market over the next few years.

July 14, 2017 – by Alex Perala