DHS publishes RFI for mobile biometric capture device

May 16, 2013 - 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a request for information (RFI) for a “mobile electronic biometric/biographic data collection device.”

Specifically, says the RFI, the department is seeking information on “the current and near-term availability of a data collection device on a mobile electronic platform, capable of obtaining biometric and biographic information and communicating wirelessly through a virtual private network (VPN. The device(s) of interest should be tough, rugged, and durable enough to function reliably in the various outdoor environmental conditions that DHS end users face every day, and be efficient and easy to use for the collection of biometric and biographic information in the field. The device may be fully integrated, or comprised of compatible component parts (i.e. COTS device [platform] with rugged sleeve and integrated sensor(s) [accessory]).”

The DHS is looking into the availability of this “device” to determine the current capabilities and price point of the market.

Responses to this request are to be submitted electronically to DHS at mobile.data.collection_RFI@hq.dhs.gov. More information is available from the published RFI. 

Government Requests for Information and also for procurement have increasingly involved biometrics.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the United States Navy is looking to procure a set of binoculars capable of reading faces from up to 650 feet away. StereoVision Imaging, which has been awarded the contract, has already developed a facial recognition binocular system, called 3DMobileID, which uses a three-dimensional recognition system. This tool is capable of scanning faces a maximum distance of 100 feet away.

The FBI has also recently published an RFI as it looks to procure a mobile biometric handheld software solution for capturing biometric data quickly in the field.

Also, AOptix, along with CACI International was recently awarded a research contract form the U.S. Defense Department to examine its Smart Mobile Identity biometrics identification package and to eventually provide the department with a smartphone solution for biometric capture.

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