Drones are leaving the battlefield in droves, increasingly taking on non-lethal civilian and humanitarian missions as aid groups and private companies capitalize on the technology that not only is more common, but more affordable and manageable.
Blackbox Biometrics Inc., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,371,520 firm-fixed-price contract for concussive force monitoring devices. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification commercial Federal Acquisition Regulation part 12. Location of performance is New York, with a June 9, 2016, performance completion date. Using service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2016 defense working capital funds.
The Department of Public Safety’s Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) program has awarded a contract to MorphoTrust USA to expand the current network of 93 enrollment facilities to include 55 new locations in more rural areas. The secure fingerprint-based background checks will be provided at IdentoGO Centers. The award makes Texas the first state to implement the company’s new commercial enrollment platform.
According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs.
The intelligence community is striving to determine how it can work with industry early, before requirements for capabilities are confirmed, to get out ahead of challenges.
Cyber is the prime concern of the intelligence community, and going forward, every identity problem is a cyber issue.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to roll out a new central biometric system in the next two to four years.
Strong credentials that people trust will unlock new government and private sector activities. That was the message this morning from Jeremy Grant, senior executive adviser, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).
Confyrm, GSMA and MorphoTrust win contracts from NSTIC to secure identities better.
Frank Abagnale, whose now-famous criminal exploits during his early years led him to an adulthood protecting the public, explained today what concerns him in terms of security and why people, not technology, need to be the biggest concern.
Biometric identification moved past fingerprints long ago, and the range of modalities is helping the keepers of law and order make a big difference in several ways.
People often don’t know who has their information, how those groups are using it or even if it’s correct.
The FBI’s Next Generation Identification system went live last week, replacing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and improving accuracy.
General Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $11,825,274 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of a prototype Gatekeeper On The Move-Biometrics (GOTM-B) in support of reconnaissance and surveillance payloads, sensors, delivery systems and platforms. The GOTM-B system is an innovative, non-contact, on-the-move, multimodal biometric (3D finger, face, and iris) identity operations and force protection capability. This contract was competitively procured via a broad agency announcement and one offer was received.
American Systems Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4986); Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4987); Honeywell Technology Solutions Incoorporated, Columbia, Maryland (N65236-14-D-4988); Ideal Innovations Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4989); Science Applications I
Northrop Grumman Information Technology, McLean, Va., was awarded a $15,904,914 modification (P000433) to contract W91QUZ-06-D-0005 for contractor support to program management office biometric enabling capabilities for the continuation of development, maintenance and sustainment of the Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.
Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $12,500,411 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development of a Biometric Identity Approval Sentinel that produces technology that rapidly processes individuals for threat detection and biometric matching. This project will provide a fully integrated, highly accurate, configurable, and deployable solution that combines current and new technologies to dramatically increase the safety, speed, and efficiency of access control.
Biometrics is on the verge of becoming more pervasive than ever in everyday life, setting the stage for personal identifiers to take the place of other common security measures. The expansion mirrors increased usage in fields such as military operations, citizen enrollment and public safety.
Cyberspace has security problems, and the U.S. government is trying to do something about it. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is promoting a plan and taking actions to move citizens beyond usernames and passwords to more powerful methods of authentication. In recent years, massive data theft has occurred in the cyber realm. Even strong passwords are vulnerable to hackers.
“We are in an era where biometric data is proliferating,” Dr. Joseph Atick, chairman, Identity Council International, said today at the Biometric Consortium Conference. That expansion is taking place in the civilian world in addition to increases in the military and public safety sectors. “Biometrics in daily life has arrived,” Atick explained.