SOURCE: Mobilisa Inc.

October 02, 2007 10:53 ET

Ft. Dix Launches New ID Security

Handheld Devices Do Instant Checks, Photography

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Congressman Jim Saxton (NJ-3rd) today announced that new security measures installed at Fort Dix are significant strides toward making the base more secure from the threat of terrorists. Today is the first full day of operation. The system was activated yesterday by Mobilisa® Inc.

"These improvements can help reduce the risks of plots like the Fort Dix Six," said Saxton. "This technology will allow a guard at the gate to conduct a real-time check of dozens of different types of identification cards with a hand-held scanner, and cross check it with local, national and international law enforcement databases. This system is already used at a limited number of other military installations such as West Point and Andrews AFB. It is being enthusiastically received by our Fort Dix security personnel."

Saxton said the system is relatively inexpensive, costing about $250,000 to secure all entrances to the entire 50-square mile training post that is home to thousands of personnel, their families, and military equipment at any given time.

The system, called "Defense ID®" and built by a company called Mobilisa®, is similar to upgrades promoted in an amendment Saxton authored supporting this type of security, which passed the House in May. It was cosponsored by Congressmen Rob Andrews (NJ-01), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and Chris Smith (NJ-04), and is now in the 2008 Defense Authorization Act. The Senate is still considering the bill.

"We need to employ modern technology to screen people entering our bases," said Saxton, Ranking Member of the Air Land Forces Subcommittee that oversees the Army and Air Force, and founder of the first House Terrorism Subcommittee in 2002. "My amendment fosters that at bases across the country. Here, we see that Fort Dix is ahead of the curve."

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