L-1 Identity Solutions extends their relationship with the Tribunal Electoral de Panama to upgrade the country’s multi-purpose National ID system which also serves as Panama’s voter registration system and help Panama prepare for the 2009 Presidential elections. Under the terms of the $3.7 million contract, L-1 will deliver a complete multi-biometric solution that includes new enrollment devices, an upgrade of the biometric national registry, and integration services.
The Tribunal Electoral de Panama currently operates a two-finger database system of close to two million records that is used to vet individuals who apply for a new card or renew an existing credential to ensure there are no duplicates in the system.
The solution includes DFR 2100 Single Fingerprint Readers for fingerprint capture, ABIS System Search Engine for face and fingerprint image searches and BioTouch 500 and BioLogon Software for administrator authentication. The database uses an earlier version of BioEngine technology, a minutiae-based fingerprint algorithm developed by Identix Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of L-1.
Magistrate Eduardo Valdes of the Tribunal Electoral de Panama states, “We cannot overstate the importance of this project and its successful implementation to the government and people of Panama, particularly when we are in the midst of preparing for the next national elections scheduled for May 2009.”