Biometric test launched at Port of Virginia
10 February 2017 15:17 GMT

Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) at the Port of Virginia has begun a biometric access trial that allows truckers access through fingerprint scans.

In a statement, the port said that the system asks drivers to swipe his or her TWIC card, and that their identity is then confirmed by a fingerprint reader.

A successful scan will lift the gate arm, granting access to the terminal.  Unsuccessful scans may be repeated.  If a driver is unable to complete the scan, he or she should press the kiosk call button for further assistance.

“This technology will provide a higher level of safety and security on our terminal, in addition to improving velocity through the gates”, said the port in a statement.

The port plans to expanded the trial to multiple lanes in the coming weeks.