Air Cargo Security Access System Combines Technology-Leading Smart Card and Biometric Technology to Win Innovative Security Application Award at CardTech/SecurTech `99
Schlumberger, the world’s leading provider of smart card-based solutions, was honored as the provider of smart card technology for Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Universal Air Cargo Security Access System, which won this year’s annual Larry Linden Innovative Security Application Award at CardTech/SecurTech’99.
With sixty percent of air cargo shipments occurring on passenger planes, Chicago O’Hare, the world’s busiest international airport, implemented a first-ever security program which combined smart card and biometric finger print technology. The innovative application authenticates both the truck drivers making the deliveries, the attendants receiving the cargo and the manifests which itemized the cargo being delivered. The system, which was integrated by SecurCom, Inc., uses biometric finger print technology from Identix, Schlumberger smart cards and smart card readers, and Oracle database technology to replace the earlier authentication method that depended on a written manifest and copied drivers license. The pilot phase of the program, which ran from January 1998 through March 1999, included 700 truck drivers, 25 trucking companies and 22 airlines, making it one of the largest single biometric finger print pilots to date. In the award-winning application, Schlumberger smart cards and readers are used as the platform for secure, easy-to-use authentication and data management. The cards enable cargo drivers to carry a high tech form of ID that can be biometrically verified. At the same time, the cards’ memory capacity allows them to also store information about the shipper, the truck’s cargo and the driver.
“For twenty years Schlumberger has been a leader in the evolution of smart card technology,” stated Tom Lebsack, director of Associates and Partner Programs for Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals, North America. “We are pleased to participate in this innovative pilot, which clearly demonstrates the high value of using a single, multiple application smart card for ID and data management.” On arrival at the Chicago O’Hare field, drivers simply present their smart cards to the cargo attendant, place their fingers on the scanning device, and the verification process takes place within a few seconds. Upon authentication, the manifest is downloaded from the smart card for the cargo attendant to review. The attendant, along with the driver, then biometrically stamps the transaction as completed. All of the steps involved are stored in a log file that can be reviewed at any time. The newly created smart card-based solution illustrates technology’s evolving role in maintaining the security of passenger airline flights.
CardTech/SecurTech, presenter of the award, is the world’s largest conference and exhibition covering card and security technology.
Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals is the leading provider of smart card-based solutions worldwide, shaping the new world of smart solutions by providing leading-edge technology to enable innovative smart card and terminal applications that enhance the security and convenience of businesses and communities of all kinds. Schlumberger smart card solutions encompass a wide range of cards, terminals, development tools and support in open configurations for operators, developers, integrators and distributors worldwide. As part of the Smart Village vision, the Schlumberger offer includes the milestone Cyberflex card, the industry’s first Java-based smart card. The Smart Cards & Terminals group operates 45 facilities in 34 countries across the globe. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.slb.com/smart cards.
Schlumberger Test & Transactions is the parent division for Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals and Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment, leveraging the combined strengths of the two business units to provide leading-edge, cost-effective solutions to customers. Schlumberger Test & Transactions is a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, a $11.8 billion global technology service company providing oilfield services, natural resources management, transactions-based technology and associated systems, and semiconductor test equipment.
Cyberflex and Cardlet are trademarks and Smart Village is a registered trademark of Schlumberger. Java and Java Card are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.