Australian Government turns to 3M for new multi-modal identification system

May 9, 2013 - 

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has awarded a three-year contract to 3M to provide software and services for the department’s new Biometric Identification System.

Specifically, the department will use 3M Cogent’s Automated Biometric Identification System (CABIS), which the company says provides fast, accurate fingerprint and facial recognition matching.

“We are pleased the Department of Immigration and Citizenship selected 3M as their biometric system technology partner,” Gary Stapleton, managing director of 3M Australia and New Zealand said. “3M is committed to delivering high performance, scalable and robust biometric solutions to address the strategic and mission-critical operational needs of our customers in the Australia and New Zealand region.”

The DIAC manages the arrival and settlement of immigrants, issues more than 4.3 million visas and help facilitate the border crossings of more than 30 million people annually. 3M was selected through a competitive tendering process, and the new integrated system replaces a legacy biometric system in the department.

Reported previously in, earlier this year, 3M Cogent was also selected by SSA Marine to test its MiY Outdoor Biometric Access Control Reader to manage the Port of Long Beach in Southern California.

The company has also been contracted to provide a fingerprint matching system to the Seychelles Police Department. 

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