The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Virginia-company GTSI with a contract to provide the U.S. Army with mobile biometric automated toolset systems, which could include facial recognition, according to the company.
The $159 million “Biometric Automated Toolset-Army” (BAT-A) contract is for 16 months, says GTSI. Under the contract, GTSI is to include an enrollment kit consisting of a laptop and attached biometric collection devices capable of enrollment, verification and identity detection, together with mobile handheld devices for collecting, storing and uploading pertinent data to Army biometrics collection centers.
The biometric devices are to assist troops with real-time identification of persons of interest in the field, says GTSI. In addition to facial recognition, measurable physical characteristics are fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition, hand geometry, palm prints, handwriting, voice and DNA. DoD biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, exploit and display biometric data for timely identification and verification.
A system of servers containing the biometric database maintains and synchronizes information to ensure that data collected at one location is available at others, according to GTSI. “We are delighted to win BAT-A and this contract positions GTSI as a leader in mobility and biometrics integration and support for our war fighters,” said Sterling Phillips, chief executive officer of GTSI.