ImageWare Tapped to Expand Biometric ID Project

The $37 million contract will continue the implementation of its biometrically enhanced border management solution.
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ImageWare Systems, Inc., a global producer of identity management solutions, has been selected to expand a previously announced biometric border management project with an undisclosed foreign country, the company says in a written statement.

Under the nearly $37 million contract, ImageWare, headquartered in San Diego, is to continue the implementation of its biometrically enhanced border management solution and create and manage biometrically enabled visa holders in specific visa categories issued to the country’s visitors. The project is scheduled to start in January 2011 and is expected to conclude in mid 2012.

“This is the long planned continuation and expansion to the border control project announced in October 2009,” said Jim Miller, ImageWare chairman and CEO. “As a result of a successful implementation, the host government requested ImageWare to combine the remainder of Phase 1 work, with a significant expansion in Phase 2,” he said.

Once this foundation is in place, the host government will be able to implement its plans to expand the solution in other venues across the country and broaden the business process that requires the support of ImageWare’s identity management solution, Miller said.

ImageWare's border management software enables its government clients to biometrically enroll applicants seeking permission to cross borders. Once an applicant’s finger, face and iris are enrolled along with applicable text information, a smart card is issued to the applicant that can be used to verify the authenticity of the applicant’s identity and privileges.

The card will be compliant with the biometric standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the international organization that sets the standards for passports and travel documents. The project will incorporate ImageWare’s patented technology for biometric/identity enrollment, identity vetting, credential issuance, credential management and access control. The open architected platform enables users to create an application that is capable of utilizing virtually any biometric.


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