Friday, April 08, 2005

First responders to get biometric IDs

Alice Lipowicz, Government Computer News

About 200,000 first responders in the Washington region will be issued biometric smart card IDs under a new program to be deployed by the Homeland Security Department, in partnership with state and local agencies in the Washington region, Lee Holcomb, DHS chief technology officer, said today.

The initiative will involve police, fire and emergency response agencies in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Holcomb said at a forum on interoperability at the FOSE trade show in Washington.

I would have thought a decent communications system that allows fire and police to communicate with each other would have been more to the purpose.

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