August 7, 2014 -
MorphoTrust USA announced it has been awarded with an $85 million contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide Credential Authentication Technology (E-CAT) for U.S. airports.
The contract is the latest in the two organizations’ more than eight year relationship, with MorphoTrust being the prime contractor for TSA’s Universal Enrollment Services and TSA Pre✓.
This latest TSA contract has a ceiling of up to seven years and will allow TSA travel document inspectors to scan passenger documents using MorphoTrust E-CAT at the checkpoint.
E-CAT automatically scans and checks multiple security features embedded in a passenger’s identification credentials to verify that it has not been changed or counterfeited.
Once MorphoTrust E-CAT has been connected to TSA’s network, the scanned data will simultaneously be cross-checked with the passenger boarding information from the TSA’s watchlist matching system.
Roughly 300 of the 1,100 IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust provide TSA’s Universal Enrollment Services (UES) including live scan fingerprinting and the secure delivery of data to TSA.
“MorphoTrust E-CAT is the culmination of many years of work to address airport security requirements following the 9/11 tragedy, while simplifying travel for American citizens,” said MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel. “It is also just the beginning of our vision for what’s possible in air travel, creating a future in which passengers can move easily and securely from the curb to the gate without boarding passes or security lines.”
MorphoTrust USA recently completed the transition of the TSA’s Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program to the new Universal Enrollment Services platform.