Quantico will begin issuing smart cards in February

Quantico will begin issuing smart cards in February

By Matt McLaughlin

GCN Staff

DEC. 29—Personnel at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., will be the first in the Corps to use the Common Access Card as their standard identification.

Marine personnel will begin receiving the cards in February. Each card will contain a digital photo of the cardholder on both sides and will have bar codes, a magnetic strip, and a micro-battery and integrated circuit chip encoded with information about the holder.

The smart cards, which can hold up to 32K of data, will be issued to active duty personnel, some members of reserve forces, Defense Department civilian employees and eligible contract personnel. Thirteen cards will be set aside as public-key infrastructure tokens for storing information for the Dependents Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

The cards will not contain all of a Marine's medical, dental or service history but will serve as a pointer for access to a database containing such information. The cards can store critical data such as medical conditions, allergies or blood types.

The smart cards will be issued gradually as part of the replacement procedure for old, lost or damaged ID cards.

Throughout 2001, Defense sites will begin installing upgraded software for the Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System, which runs applications for use with the smart cards.

Two applications currently are being considered for the Common Access Cards, officials said. A mess hall program would allow a Marine to swipe his card rather than sign his name to log in for a meal. Another application would automatically record training and administrative information, such as rifle range and physical fitness test scores.

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