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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Military personnel are still working out the bugs of the new ID-card system that would scan someone’s personal information as they enter a U.S. military base.

Under the Installation Access Control System, people who hold a Department of Defense ID card will have their clearance status and other data stored on their card and on a central computer.

Upon entering a base, the bar code on their ID card would be scanned like a product at a store’s check-out line. But the computer system to be used has not been perfected.

“There was a software glitch,” said Master Sgt. Joe Bela, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base.

“We’re supposed to get the upgrade this week to fix the problem and resume the process next week, then continue processing folks into the system.”

Bela said people at Ramstein have been asked to stop enrolling in the Installation Access Control System for now.

Bela said airmen and other Air Force personnel will be notified when they can continue enrolling at their base’s IACS office. He said 5,100 people have been enrolled at Ramstein. Bela said another 1,000 or so — including many deployed personnel — still need to sign up.

“Ramstein is one of the test bases, so of course part of being the test base is to test glitches like this and fix them,” Bela said. “We want to test the software to make sure it works [before enrolling more people].”

The hardware used to scan the cards is being installed at bases throughout Europe. Bela said scanning at Ramstein’s gates is still scheduled to begin in October or November.

Maj. Kevin Sickinger of the U.S. Army Europe’s Office of the Provost Marshal in Mannheim, Germany, said in a prepared statement that USAREUR in July began testing at the gate at Funari Barracks in Mannheim.

“We are using this first gate as truly a test bed to make the system as close to perfect as possible before we expand it to other locations,” Sickinger said.

Sickinger said USAREUR is experiencing “minor difficulties” in transferring a card holder’s data from the central server to the computer at the gate.

He said the system is designed to update a card holder’s information daily if needed.

“We are working hard to figure out exactly what we want the computers to say to each other and how often we want them communicating,” Sickinger said. “We estimate we’re about 90 percent completed on having this first gate [at Mannheim] up and running.”

Sickinger said USAREUR anticipated problems and therefore kept the schedule “flexible” for starting the scanning Europewide.

Sickinger said that Europe’s base support battalions and area support groups are registering people into the system at a rate of 6,000 to 7,000 per week.

“We currently have 145,000 people registered with more than 40,000 of those being installation passes with the others being DOD ID card holders,” he said.

Sickinger said Army personnel should continue registering with their local IACS office to avoid a possible rush at the Oct. 20 sign-up deadline.

He said after Oct. 20, the only two forms of ID that will be allowed access at the gate are the DOD ID card [the common access card, which is the old card] and the IACS-produced installation pass.

U.S. Navy officials could not be reached Friday afternoon for comment on their IACS schedule.

More information on the new system can be found on the IACS Web site at: www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/iacs/iacs.html, as well as local ASG and BSB Web sites.

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