June 29, 2012 -
Not long after ImageWare Systems released Biometric Engine 2.0 (which we reported on), its proprietary multi-biometric security solution for airports and seaports, the company has been contracted to provide biometric identity management for the implementation of cargo scanning security at seaports in the Republic of Ecuador. This contract is expected to exceed $3 million.
The use of biometrics in Ecuador’s ports is a requirement set by the U.S. Safe Port Act of 2006 passed by Congress to protect its own seaports from various security threats. Containers loaded on a foreign port cannot enter the U.S. unless scanned by both radiation detection and non-intrusive imaging equipment at the foreign port.
Ecuador has seven state ports and ten private jetties. The state ports are broken down to 3 port oils (Balao, The Freedom and Saltpeter) and four for shipping cargo (Guayaquil, Bolivar, Emeralds and Blanket). In 2011, Ecuador was the 35th largest importer in the U.S., generating nearly $10B.
“As the world’s security needs expand, our channel partners are realizing the unique value, power and flexibility of our patented multi-modal biometric solutions. This includes a turn-key solution based on a seamlessly integrated single platform, which allows for both small and large scale enrollments, and the fusion of multi-biometric inputs resulting in a higher degree of authentication,” Jim Miller, ImageWare chairman and CEO said. “Building upon two recent successful and major contract wins related to port security, we are aggressively pursuing a vast number of similar opportunities in the global market.”