February 13, 2013 -
AOptix has just landed a research contract from the U.S Defence Department (DoD) to examine its Smart Mobile Identity biometrics identification package and to eventually provide the department with a smartphone solution for scanning someone’s eyes, face, thumbs and voice.
The contract, first reported in Wired.com’s Danger Room, is worth $3 million and AOptix will be working with CACI International on the project, which said to entail a hardware peripheral and an accompanying app.
According to the company, its Smart Mobile Identity products leverage the unique capabilities of smartphones to deliver fast, intuitive, accurate and connected biometric identity verification capability.
“They’ve asked us, based on what they’ve seen of our product, to work on some more specific needs and requirements for DoD,” Chuck Yort, AOptix’s vice president for identity solutions said in the Danger Room report.
The hardware AOptix has developed wraps around the phone itself — presumably to attach physical scanners — and is said to weigh under one pound.
“We are pleased to have been selected by the DoD for this important project which will leverage our next-generation Smart Mobile Identity platform,” Dean Senner, Chairman and CEO of AOptix said. “Users of these systems in-field will benefit from a more compact, lightweight, versatile and accurate identity verification device that has previously been available. We are especially pleased to be working with CACI, leveraging its experience deploying sophisticated solutions for government agencies.”
As of yet it’s unclear which mobile operating system this device will be built for, though Wired speculates it might be Android.
Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, AOptix Technology recently signed Certis CISCO, a provider of protective security in Singapore as a reseller.