Administration has adopted a maritime industry specification for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential biometric reader and the contactless smart card
TSA and the Coast Guard selected a recommendation advanced by the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee
to require encryption and use of the so-called TWIC privacy key as the working specification for readers. The TWIC privacy key is a scheme advanced by the advisory committee to utilize encryption
to protect information on the cards.
The TWIC has been in development and testing for at least three years, and in 2006 it was decided that the ID card should conform to the Federal Information Processing Standard 201 for government employees.
TWIC enrollment of port workers is expected to begin in October at the port of Wilmington, Del. It will advance to other ports shortly afterwards. [Source: http://www.washingtontechnology.com]