MorphoTrust lands DoD maintenance contract for ABIS

March 11, 2013 - 

MorphoTrust has announced that it has won a contract to maintain the central biometrics platform of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

The maintenance contract for the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is worth $17.8 million, or $3.6 million per year with four one-year options. MorphoTrust owns ABIS and licenses it to customers, including DoD, which uses ABIS as its authoritative technology platform for multi-modal biometrics. In 2010, the department purchased an enterprise-wide license.

“The Department of Defense has chosen MorphoTrust to complement and maintain a biometric system that supports critical missions in homeland security and defense,” Bob Eckel, CEO of MorphoTrust said. “MorphoTrust takes that responsibility seriously and is committed to providing outstanding service as a trusted partner for DoD and other government agencies.”

Besides the department’s core biometric application using ABIS, the platform license serves as the foundation for eight other biometric systems. The current contract calls for MorphoTrust to provide ongoing software maintenance and support for all DoD systems based on ABIS.

Reported previously in, MorphoTrust USA, along with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, recently launched self-service drivers’ license kiosks across the state, which use facial recognition to verify cardholders.

Last year, MorphoTrust announced that its iris identification technology proved itself to be faster and more accurate than other solutions used in a series of tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The study tested and compared the efficiency of 11 commercial and academic providers using biometric data from an extensive database.


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