ID scanning begins at local Navy bases

System could lead to delays at base checkpoints

SAN DIEGO - Navy leaders are warning that a new system of checking IDs could lead to delays at base checkpoints in the San Diego region.

Anyone hoping to get onto Naval Base Point Loma must get out their identification and listen for the beep. At Navy bases around the area, the guard's long glance at military IDs is being replaced by an electronic scan.

"The point is to make sure all of the ID cards are current and valid and that they belong to that person while enhancing our anti-terrorism force protection posture," said Bob Page, the public affairs Officer for Naval Base Point Loma.

On Monday, the first large scale pilot project began at a base in Norfolk, Va. In San Diego, all Navy bases have also begun implementing the scans.

The Navy just announced they hope to have ID scans across all Navy facilities within two years.

According to Navy leaders, the first time someone comes through, it will take between 8 to 10 seconds. The next time, it will be about 2 seconds.

It is supposed to take less time than the old method but with any new system, there are kinks, such as a card that does not read at first.

At Naval Base Point Loma, 10News watched several dozen scans and timed the scans at between 7 and 12 seconds.                       

"We've seen some backup though we're not sure if it's related to the ID scanning," said Page.

The traffic data is still being collected but traffic has at times piled up during the morning drive. If traffic does become a problem, Navy officials say they will act.

"The commanding officer can say this is too much or security officer can say it's too much and add people to get traffic moving more freely," said Page.

While delays will happen in the near future, Navy leaders say the long term goal is to drastically cut entry times. The barcoded IDs will also pave the way for automated gate entries expected to be in place around 2014.

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