L-1 Identity Solutions [ID] has introduced two biometric-based access control systems, one a card reader to meet the requirements for Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and the other a suite of reader products for improved interoperability and scalability. The TWIC-Station is capable of reading a wide range of secure government credentials based on the FIPS 201 standard including TWIC, PIV and Common Access Card endpoint cards. The device also offers single or multi-factor authentication control with support for PIN codes and the ability of matching the fingerprint of a PIV cardholder to the biometric stored on the card. L-1 says the TWIC-Station meets the reader hardware and card application specifications issues by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). L-1 hasn’t previously attempted to go through the Initial Capabilities Evaluations (ICE) that TSA has hosted for a set of TWIC reader pilot programs that are getting underway. The company will soon have an opportunity to do so as TSA is set to begin a new round of ICE testing. L-1 also is offering the FG (Fourth Generation) technology platform of access control units equipped with biometric and multi-factor authentication, on-board processing for rapid and accurate authentication, storage, extensible memory, 802.11 wireless connectivity and full-sized LCD displays for custom messaging. The suite of products under the 4G name include the V-Station 4G that combines fingerprint, cards and PINS, and V-Flex 4G offering the same power and capabilities in a smaller more compact unit with finger and/or card authentication. Additional 4G products are expected to be released throughout the year, including ruggedized outdoor readers.