By Scott Prater
Drivers won’t notice anything out of the ordinary as they drive through the gates next week, but starting Friday, the 50th Security Forces Squadron will begin installing an enhanced Defense Biometric Identification System, known as DBIDS 4.0, here.
According to Senior Airman Jordan Barth, 50 SFS Pass and Registration, the change will be significant for DBIDS administrators and security forces members here.
The DBIDS system is a Homeland Security/Department of Defense initiative to manage personnel, property and base access. The security system was designed to manage access to DoD installations by using bar codes and finger-print biometric technology and has been in use by Air Force installations overseas since 2003.
Schriever’s 50 SFS originally began using DBIDS version 2.7 at entry control points during July 2010. Upon its introduction base personnel were required to register in the system, sometimes enduring long waits during busier days at the Pass and Registration office.
The new version, however, should alleviate much of the registration process, as well as fix some systemic problems. It will also be easier to control.
For the most part, people will no longer have to register with the system at Pass and Registration. The new DBIDS hand-held scanners are capable of registering individuals on the spot. Information from common access cards is wirelessly transmitted into the DBIDS database and the process takes approximately 15 to 20 seconds.
“The upgrade to DBIDS 4.0 will produce a noticeable benefit for Team Schriever,” said Lt. Col. Jasin Cooley, 50 SFS commander. “Military members, dependents and retirees will have a very quick and smooth registration process since they can be enrolled right from their cars. This will also decrease the wait time for the many contractors who still must register manually at Schriever’s Pass and Registration.”
After creating the first DBIDS system more than a decade ago, primary world-wide DBIDS contractor, Defense Manpower Data Center, has been working on upgrading the system during the past few years.
“It was time for a system upgrade,” Barth said. “The 4.0 version should be a faster system with less computer-system issues, more capabilities and better performance.”
Installation of DBIDS 4.0 is expected to take roughly five days, but Barth explained that it may take a few weeks for system kinks to be worked out and installation problems to be resolved. System administrators will gain new computers and printers, while security personnel will receive new 4.0 scanners and the training to go along with them. The legacy scanners will still be operable and will be used with the new system.
Military members who are typically assigned to serve as gate-security augmentees needn’t worry about learning how to operate the new scanners. Barth said they’ll be issued the legacy scanners when serving in that capacity.
For more information about DBIDS 4.0 and the upcoming migration contact Master Sgt. Jared Psinas, 50 SFS, at 567-5656.