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U.S. May Use New ID Cards At Borders

Government contractors hope a mix of new and existing technologies will better identify foreigners entering the United States through thousands of miles of land borders, without causing backups that stretch halfway to the ocean. One key ingredient is a rapidly emerging but controversial technology known as RFID, or radio frequency identification, which companies are increasingly using to remotely track products. Border stations would use RFID-equipped identity cards to verify fingerprint information, but experts say the initiative faces daunting challenges, from cost to concerns about enforcement. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Reston-based Accenture LLP won a contract worth as much as $10 billion to add border crossings to the government’s five-month-old program of fingerprinting and photographing visitors who arrive at airports and seaports. Full Story

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