DBIDS upgrade allows for faster traffic flow

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Commandos should notice a difference in traffic at the installation gates due to a Defense Biometrics Identification System upgrade that was implemented March 27, here.

DBIDS grants access to the installation through identification and biometric capabilities. The system verifies authorizations and assigns access privileges based on identity, affiliation and the current threat level.

“This system allows for security forces and base commanders to know who is on the base and if they belong on the base,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Frierson, NCO in charge of the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron visitor control center. “The upgrade is from the 4.0 version to the 5.0 version of DBIDS.”

The upgrade allows for a faster process when scanning identification cards decreasing the response time by approximately three seconds.

“Security Forces units across the Air Force have dealt with the issue of information transmission speed while utilizing DBIDS on installation entry checkpoints,” said Tech Sgt. Renard Wright, NCO in charge of 1st Special Operation Security Forces Squadron pass and registration. “Most defenders have seen first-hand the delay that can happen when you scan an identification card.”

The upgrade also comes with new equipment that includes handheld scanners and all-in-one computers.

“This allows us to keep our installation security efforts without dealing with terrible wait times after scanning identification cards and therefore relieves a lot of traffic at our gates,” said Wright.
Hurlburt Security Forces Air Commandos have been utilizing the

DBIDS system since 2009 and, prior to the current upgrade, DBIDS received its last upgrade in 2014.