U.S. Army Taps TransCore for Access Control Technology Testbed

DALLAS, Jan. 7, 2003 - Tapped by the U.S. Army to participate in establishing a testbed for access control technology, TransCore is implementing a wireless radio frequency identification (RFID) system for automatic vehicle identification (AVI) and access control at Fort Monmouth, N.J., for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Research, Development & Engineering Center, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate. The testbed capability is operational and will be used for an indefinite period to evaluate available and emerging access control technologies.
Transcore1.gifFort Monmouth's system works by automatically identifying authorized vehicles through a dedicated AVI lane. Authorized vehicles will be equipped with RFID transponder tags. When these "friendly" vehicles enter the AVI lane, an RFID reader will recognize their tag's unique identification code, alerting the system to give drivers a green light signal to proceed. By integrating this capability with complementary access control and personnel authentication technologies, the Army hopes to make access control at Fort Monmouth as automated as possible, diverting only non-authorized traffic for closer handling.

The system will use field-proven TransCore technology, including the eGo™ windshield sticker tag, a paper-thin, read/write, non-battery transponder tag with performance capabilities similar to bulkier, more expensive traditional tags. The system will also use TransCore's eGo 2110 dual-mode tag reader and SmartWatch™ gate management software.

Background on ITS Security Solutions

TransCore is a global leader in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications for enhanced security and efficiency at border crossings, trade corridors, airports and seaports. TransCore’s eGo RFID products will be used for an intelligent border crossing for the U.S. Customs Service Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program. Customs Service Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program. The system will prescreen trucks and drivers compliant with the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) at six locations along the Canadian border: Ambassador Bridge in Detroit; Bluewater Bridge in Port Huron, Mich.; Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y.; Lewiston, N.Y.; Champlain, N.Y.; and Blaine, Wash.

TransCore also recently completed a first-of-its-kind freight management system for the Washington State Department of Transportation Northwest International Trade Corridor & Smart Border Crossing Program. The system verifies the integrity of shipping containers entering the United States from Japan and monitors freight as it travels over U.S. Interstates in commercial vehicles and passes between the United States and Canada. TransCore also has smart border crossing installations at Otay Mesa, Calif.; San Clemente, Calif.; San Ysidro, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; and Shenzhen, China. TransCore technology is used by 53 of the world's busiest airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

About TransCore

TransCore is a privately held transportation services company with 1,700 employees and more than 80 locations throughout the world. With installations in 39 countries, 80-plus patents and a world-class manufacturing facility, TransCore's expertise in providing system-based applications that improve transportation efficiency is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.transcore.com.
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