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New system to be implemented at Hanscom gates

Posted 1/9/2013   Updated 1/18/2013 Email story   Print story

    


66th Security Forces Squadron

1/9/2013 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- As part of a Department of Defense mandated initiative, Hanscom will soon implement a system which combines human power with technology in order to enhance force protection on base. All visitors and non-DoD card holders will be required to register with the Defense Biometric Identification System, also known as DBIDS, prior to being allowed on Hanscom. DBIDS will soon be the only way to gain access to Hanscom or any other military installation.

DBIDS is a Department of Defense system developed by the Defense Manpower Data Center as a force protection and identity management program used to manage personnel, property and installation access. 

It will allow Security Forces better access to information, such as restricted driving permits issued by other law enforcement agencies and individuals with outstanding OUIs (Operating Under the Influence).

In emergency situations, DBIDS will allow base leadership to be advised on how many and which nonessential personnel are on base and make it easier to assist in certain advisory situations, such as significant weather events or unexpected natural disasters.

DBIDS is a network database system that is designed to verify access authorizations of personnel entering military installations using both biometric and barcode identification. Identification cards are scanned at the gate for verification of identity. The handheld ID scanner provides gate guards with near instant status feedback. Minor delays may be experienced and are expected during the initial installation and system integration process.

Anyone who does not have a DoD ID card and requires access to Hanscom Air Force Base must register. This includes civilian employees, contractors, retiree ID card holders who were issued ID cards prior to 2000, as well as commercial vendors. Even people who conduct business on Hanscom irregularly for short periods of time will receive DBIDS encoded visitor pass. Military personnel, to include family dependents with a DoD issued ID card, do not have to register.

Benefits of the new system include the increase of base security and communications. DBIDS makes the forgery of a Common Access Card or impersonation very difficult. The DBIDS database receives live updates on changes to personnel and credential status, warrants, lost or stolen cards and Red Cross alerts.

Retirees can be registered indefinitely and, once registered at one base, they can access any other base in the region they have permission to enter, without re-registering.

Base visitor information can be entered into the database prior to arrival to expedite entry and can be archived for future visits.

The system can be scaled, limiting personnel access to meet specific mission requirements, such as duty hours only or a specific date or time for visitors.

The Hanscom DBIDS installation will begin in early January 2013. It will be gradually integrated into day-to-day operations, but eventually it will be mandatory for access to the base.

No special paperwork is required for registration. To register, individuals must provide the ID cards they currently use for base access, a fingerprint, updated information about their unit, plus their address and mission essential or non-mission essential status to one of the two registration stations.

To minimize wait times, specific dates and times will be scheduled for both MIT Lincoln Labs and MITRE employees. The entire process should take approximately 15 minutes. Registration stations will be located at Building 1305, pass and registration section and Building 1725, reports and analysis section.

For any questions, contact Master Sgt. Shon Teicheira at 781-225-5614.



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