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TSA executive joins private sector airport security company

Priva Technologies : 18 July, 2008  (Company News)
Ex Security Director of TSA joins Priva to oversee biometric airport employee identification and credentialing division
Alvy Dodson, the Transportation Security Administration's [TSA] Federal Security Director [FSD] at Dallas Love Field Airport, has joined Chicago-based Priva Technologies as Executive Vice President of Priva's Cleared Travel subsidiary to oversee deployment of its Cleared authentication technology at major airports, Jeff Minushkin, the company's Chairman and CEO has announced.

The company says its Cleared technology validates credentials of airport employees through the use of high tech badges and a security platform incorporating the only biometrically-enabled microchip for commercial use ever to receive the government's FIPS140-2 Level 3 certification.

Minushkin describes the platform as "the most powerful ID authentication solution available today" specifically created to control electronic and physical access and that it is already being rolled out at several undisclosed airports in the United States this summer.

Before assuming the TSA position at Love Field, Dodson served as vice president and director of the Public Safety Department at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Dodson has 32 years of law enforcement experience, including 29 years at DFW.

"He has an international reputation as a foremost expert in airport security and we are proud to have him as a member of the Priva team," Minushkin said. He notes that when Alvy's appointment as the FSD at Love Field was officially announced, the TSA's assistant administrator for security operations described him as "a leader within the aviation security arena" and "one of the most highly regarded leaders of airport security throughout the nation."

Dodson says that "while Priva was recently approved by the TSA as a service provider for its Registered Travel program, it is implementing an airport employee security initiative because our initial focus is on providing the technology for controlling who gets to go where within the confines of the airport." Dodson says that "airport security begins in the back of the house with the facilitation of strong identity verification and access control for employees ranging from baggage handlers to airline pilots."

He notes that employee related breaches at airports across the country have prompted calls for solutions.

Dodson says that he was "particularly impressed" by the fact that Priva's technology was specifically designed for robust access control and thus is ideal for a full range of airport security applications.

"By joining the Priva team, I can continue to make meaningful contributions to the safety and security of the traveling public and our national infrastructure. The transportation security industry at large has been charged with a vital mission and I am proud to have been part of its evolution over the past 30 years. Now, my goal within the private sector is to continue to enhance aviation security."
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