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Wed, Jan 16, 2013

TSA Expands Choices For Airport Identity Services

Authorizes MorphoTrust Channeling Services To Screen Airport Workers And Produce Secure Badges

The TSA has authorized Safran subsidiary MorphoTrust USA to support employee screening and badging at U.S. airports under its Other Transaction Agreement with TSA. MorphoTrust is one of three organizations authorized by TSA to offer Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services, following a thorough review to validate the company's security systems and procedures.

TSA checks the background of airport and airline employees with access to the secure areas of airports, including baggage workers, ground maintenance workers and restaurant and retail employees. Through the DAC services, MorphoTrust will aggregate the necessary employee data and submit it to TSA, which conducts the employee threat assessments required for work in the aviation environment. TSA previously had sole-sourced with a single organization for aviation channeling. Following requests for additional service providers from airport operators who were seeking competitive options, TSA announced additional agreements with MorphoTrust and another vendor selected through competition.

MorphoTrust has many years of experience delivering successful systems where there is a need for the vetting of individuals and where multiple biometrics such as face, fingerprints and iris are required. MorphoTrust’s DAC offers modernized screening and badging services for airports, air carriers and aviation support vendors. MorphoTrust's one-stop-shop offering to the aviation community goes beyond DAC services, to include fingerprinting and badging, with other identity-related services being added.

The company has worked with TSA for over seven years. Most recently, TSA selected MorphoTrust as the prime contractor for its new Universal Enrollment Service (UES), which consolidates multiple transportation security programs, including Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program (HTAP), into a single service with convenient enrollment and registration locations.

“Through contracts like UES, MorphoTrust has been supporting the security of our nation's transportation infrastructure since 2005,” said Bob Eckel, CEO of MorphoTrust. “MorphoTrust is well-positioned to deliver solutions of this significance and sensitivity, having enrolled nearly two million individuals to date for the current TWIC and HTAP programs. We are happy to use that experience to make screening and badging easier for airports and aviation workers while making the American public safer.”

FMI: www.morphotrust.com 

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