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Plug-and-Play Biometrics

September 1, 2012
By Rita Boland
  A U.S. paratrooper uses a handheld identity detection device to scan an Afghan man's iris while on patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province.
  A U.S. paratrooper uses a handheld identity detection device to scan an Afghan man's iris while on patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province.

Government scientists have introduced a command and control protocol designed to bring interoperability to the world of biometrics. Manufacturers now can experiment with the open design in their products, offering more flexible, less expensive technologies for authenticating identities.

This National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) project enables the sharing of data among biometrics sensors over wired or wireless networks via Web services (WS). Called the WS-Biometric Devices, or WS-BD, the protocol allows developers to create connections among biometric capture devices and clients connected on a network or through the Internet. “We did a lot of work to make it modality-agnostic,” Kevin Mangold, a computer scientist at NIST, explains. “You can use the same interface for ... pretty much any biometric you can think of.”

Alliance to Deploy Cyber
 Rapid Reaction Team

September 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

By year's end, NATO's rapid reaction team of network defenders is expected to be operational. These cyber experts will be capable of deploying within 24 hours to any NATO nation undergoing crippling attacks on its information technology infrastructure or to the battlefield in support of warfighters.

Universities Develop New-School Biometrics

September 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

 

 
The Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science (CASIS) is helping to usher in a new school of biometrics known as identity science, which goes beyond traditional biometrics of iris scans, fingerprints, palm prints and facial recognition.  

The Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science (CASIS) is helping to usher in a new school of biometrics known as identity science, which goes beyond traditional biometrics of iris scans, fingerprints, palm prints and facial recognition.

Even as biometrics technology becomes more integral to everyday life, researchers working indirectly for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warn that some tough challenges have yet to be overcome. Refining facial recognition in crowds, coping with obscurants, finding answers with less than perfect data and addressing flat funding hinder progress.

MorphoTrust to Support TSA Biometrics

April 16, 2012
By George Seffers

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected MorphoTrust, Billerica, Massachusetts, as the prime contractor for its new Universal Enrollment Service (UES), the company recently announced. UES will transition multiple programs into a consolidated service with convenient locations for individuals requiring enrollment and registration for programs serviced by TSA. The checks include the capture of biometric (facial pictures and fingerprints) and biographic data to ensure that individuals seeking access to critical segments of the nation's transportation system, infrastructure, or sensitive materials do not pose a threat to national security. As programs such as the Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program (HTAP) begin transitioning into the UES program, MorphoTrust will provide applicant services via the Web, telephone, and in person at hundreds of centers, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

System of Systems Analytics Wins Biometric Contract

October 7, 2011
By George Seffers

System of Systems Analytics Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $21,031,950 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of developing and operationalizing capabilities for collecting, managing, and employing biometric data. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Wyle Labs Walks Away with Five High-Tech Contracts

September 29, 2011
By George Seffers

Wyle Laboratories Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, has recently been awarded several contracts. The first is a $49,181,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide research and analysis to replace existing handheld biometrics, which currently lack the required reliability, quality, and supportability. Research will provide biometric system assessments, technology, and architecture enhancements, and prototype development to enable information fusion. Specific deliverables include: analysis of alternatives, configuration analysis, sensitive site exploitation, and tagging/tracking location reports. The second is a $47,595,440 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide for reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and interoperability to develop and enhance the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. Research results will be used to enhance efficiencies, reliability, and interoperability of systems, equipment, and information technologies. Research will support exploitation capability requirements and apply those requirements to other geographic combatant commands to establish long-term programmatic responsibilities and identify gaps and vulnerabilities between expeditionary entities. Third is a $44,953,376 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide development of reliability improvement processes and successful implementation to enhance readiness while reducing life-cycle costs for unmanned aerial systems programs utilizing reliability, maintainability, quality, supporting ability, and interoperability best practices.

Biometrics Technology Continues to Grow

February 23, 2011
By George Seffers

Biometric technology capabilities continue to grow, and so do government data sharing efforts.

Army Takes Hands-On Approach to Biometrics Sharing

October 15, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

It's a wide world out there, and U.S. government agencies can use all help available to catch the bad guys. The Army's Biometrics Identity Management Agency is tasked with and has undertaken the job of coordinating biometrics across the Defense Department, patching together the databases of Justice, State and Homeland Security in the endeavor. Are these efforts reaping benefits yet, and can this coordination be achieved seamlessly? Read the full article and share your views.

Booz Allen Hamilton Awarded Nearly $24 Million for Biometrics Technologies

September 13, 2010
By George Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton, Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $24 million contract for biometrics, identity management, and homeland security technologies research and analysis for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. 55th Contracting Squadran, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Friend Or Foe?

November 2008
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army is distributing and supporting small biometrics tools to aid troops in their ability to identify persons of interest and allies in Southwest Asia. Personnel from Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, are training deployed service members on the use of the electronics, troubleshooting minor problems and replacing defective units. The tools and the data they collect will combine into a larger biometrics system designed for better identification of huge numbers of enemies and partners.

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