Implementation of installation ID scanners continues
By MC1(SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess
The Flagship Military Editor
Norfolk – As part of an ongoing program to heighten security measures at Naval installation Entry Control Points (ECPs), handheld ID scanners continue to be implemented at all Navy installations in the Mid-Atlantic region and other installations throughout the Navy.
The scanners, controlled by ECP sentries, will scan all Common Access Card (CAC), TESLIN or Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) cards of personnel entering a military installation.
“The Navy has adopted this Navy physical access control system (NPACS), and part of that is the Navy Access Control Management System, NACMS,” said Steve Murley, Non-Guard Services regional manager. “NCAMS involves handheld scanners that will scan ID cards for authorized access into the base.”
According to Murley, the scanners being implemented in the Mid-Atlantic will eventually be used at all naval installations in the United States.
“It is important to make sure your card is up-to-date and valid,” said Murley.
To prevent delays, individuals should review their base access cards for validity. If you believe your card may be denied, make an appointment at your local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) or Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) service center (https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/default.aspx). Customers should bring two forms of valid government-issued identification, one bearing a photo.
Murley added that there should be no concern that personally identifiable information will be taken during the scanning.
He said, “The scanners do not hold PII, they verify the card against an authoritative database to display name, and if the individual is clear for access or denied and reasons for denial.”
Contractors and commercial vendors should report to their company for an updated credential.
Because the card information needs to be registered into the handheld scanner’s independent database during the initial scan, the length of a card holder’s first scan can take anywhere between eight to 12 seconds, causing even more delay if the card is denied due to being invalid.
All scans after the initial scan should take only about two seconds.
Currently, many ECPs are scanning during low-volume times to allow personnel entering the base the opportunity to have their card scanned so in case of a denied card, traffic volume is not affected as much as it would be during peak hours.
Murley added that there’s no need to increase the hours at Pass and ID.
“We have been scanning in the (Hampton Roads) area for several weeks now,” he said. “We have not noticed an increase in volume that would warrant extending hours.”
“Our next step after the short preregistration will be to go to 100 percent scanning at all times for all incoming traffic,” Murley said. “Eventually the scanning will expand and be fully operational in more common places such as restricted areas and turnstiles.”
To find a RAPIDS service center, visit https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/default.aspx.