A Connecticut ID solutions provider is part of a Northrop Grumman team that will provide an Automated Biometric Identification System to the U.S. Department of Defense. The anti-terrorism project will become the biometric repository for 2.4 million finger, face, palm and iris records.
STAMFORD, Conn.–L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc., a leading supplier of identity solutions and services, is part of the Northrop Grumman team that will provide multiple, fully-integrated multi-modal ABIS systems (Automated Biometric Identification System) to the Department of Defense (DoD) for broad use in the accurate and fast identification of individuals.
“Being a part of powerful contract teams like the one led by Northrop Grumman is one of the many important ways for us to contribute to critical biometric identification projects at the federal and international level,” said Robert V. LaPenta, Chairman, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions. “This award is an important milestone in establishing L-1 as a credible AFIS/ABIS supplier and positions us well for future opportunities, including the FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) initiative expected to be competed sometime during 2007.”
The DoD ABIS system is expected to be critical in providing accurate and fast identification of individuals in the field as part of the global war on terrorism. It will become the biometric repository for all identification types that links to the intelligence community and civilian agencies. The system is initially expected to support up to 2.4 million finger, face, palm and iris records, and a lesser number of unsolved latent prints.
To implement the system that will incorporate, among other things, full-forensic functionality, the Northrop Grumman team, including L-1, will deploy the Identix ABIS System that is based upon underlying FaceIt facial recognition, BioEngine fingerprint technology, and iris recognition technology. Professional services from L-1 also will be included to support legacy data conversion and rationalization, as well as system architecture, design, implementation and ongoing support. Other additional products provided by L-1 include workstations for Ten Print and latent fingerprint examiners, as well as forensic face matching.
The L-1 biometric system will allow for tight integration with DoD service-oriented architectures and will support both centralized and forward-deployed operations using the same software that can support changing and varied sets of mission parameters. This system is highly scalable, providing full criminal AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) functionality seamlessly, whether used on modern blade architectures or portable laptops. The system’s open, standards-based architecture will allow for seamless support of third party legacy collection systems and is designed to support current and future DoD systems, as well as other inter-agency biometric systems.
Other team members on the DoD ABIS contract include Ideal Innovations Inc. (Arlington, Va.) and NEW-BOLD Enterprises, Inc. (Fairmont, W.Va.).
About L-1 Identity Solutions
L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc., together with its portfolio of companies, offers a comprehensive set of products and solutions for protecting and securing personal identities and assets. Leveraging the industry’s most advanced multi-modal biometric platform for finger, face and iris recognition, our solutions provide a circle of trust around all aspects of an identity and the credentials assigned to it – including proofing, enrollment, issuance and usage. With the trust and confidence in individual identities provided by L-1 Identity Solutions, government entities, law enforcement and border management agencies, and commercial enterprises can better guard the public against global terrorism, crime and identity theft fostered by fraudulent identity. L-1 Identity Solutions is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information, visit www.L1ID.com.