State Department seeks sophisticated multimodal biometric screening system

November 4, 2015 - 

The State Department has posted a request for information for supporting and implementing a multimodal biometric screening system that is capable of accepting fingerprints, as well as iris and facial scans, according to a report by FCW.

The agency is looking to deploy more advanced biometric technologies to help boost its security measures overseas.

According to the RTF, the State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which provides security for embassies around the globe, is looking for help updating and implementing its biometric screening system, referred to as Tactical High-Threat Operational Response (THOR).

THOR consists of software and hardware, along with two “subsystems.” The first subsystem is responsible for facilitating biometric collection and enrollment, while the second one serves as a database that operates across a local- or wide-area network.

All vendors responding to the RTF must be able to provide full analytical support to the State’s CTO for the regular maintenance and expansion of the THOR system that is “compatible with other agency systems to support identity assurance and vetting initiatives,” according to a statement of work posted on the FedBizOpps contracting website.

The notice states that the RFI is limited to eight businesses and is intended for planning purposes only.

State officials are also seeking companies that could review the existing THOR system, devise a plan for further implementation and install supporting software.

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