Northrop Grumman wins £28.8M contract to provide forensic and biometric capability in the UK

May 13, 2015 - 

Global security firm Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a £28.8 million (USD $45.3 million) contract by the United Kingdom Home Office to provide service and systems operations and maintenance to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC).

Under the two-year FABrIC contract, Northrop Grumman will maintain and improve the IDENT1 central national biometric database software.

The identity management and crime scene forensic systems use fingerprints to forensically verify or resolve identities in the UK for law enforcement, which has become an essential tool in policing.

“Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of advances in security technology for the most sensitive information assets including finger and palm print data,” said Andrew Tyler, chief executive for Europe at Northrop Grumman. “This contract award will enable us to continue the good work we have been doing to provide the police service with the national identity management capabilities they need.”

Northrop Grumman will lead a team consisting of Morpho, Crossmatch Technologies and Phoenix IT Services, in which they will perform the work in Coventry and Fareham, UK, as well as in the United States.

The global security firm has significant experience in biometric fusion and identification to support law enforcement and military efforts including the Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System and Biometric Identification System for Access.

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