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Naval Air Station Patuxent River is gearing up to join the rest of Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in scanning ID cards for base access.

Sentries at Gates 1 and 2 have already begun implementing the use of the Navy Access Control Management System (NACMS) handheld scanners during off-peak commuting hours in an effort to ease traffic delays that may result from the full-time ID card scan rollout, which is slated to happen in the coming months.

While this process could initially generate delays at the base gates, the program is expected to speed access to the installations once the initial card scans have been accomplished.

The government-owned scanners check common access cards (CAC), DOD TESLIN retiree/dependent ID cards and Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) credentials against information from multiple databases and will help security identify fraudulent or counterfeited credentials. Scanning a credential lets a sentry know if the credential is fake, expired, has been reported stolen or is invalid for any other reason.

The use of handheld scanners aligns with Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Navy (DON) security policy and guidance. It is also part of a continuously evolving access control system that takes advantage of advances in technology to increase force protection at Navy installations.

CNIC conducted tests of the handheld scanning system in Norfolk, Whidbey Island, Wash., and in Navy Region Southwest to test against the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)/Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS Defense Manpower Data Center) for viability and to ensure compliance standards are met. No personal identifiable information is stored on the scanners.

Once ready to fully implement the scans 100 percent, notices will go out to the workforce.