Carnegie Mellon wins Navy contract to develop improved biometric surveillance

Carnegie Mellon University has won an $8.9M Navy contract to research and develop new algorithms for the U.S. Navy’s aerial and biometric surveillance efforts. The one-year contract focuses on “basic and applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program,” according to the Department of Defense contract announcement. The research will provide next-generation algorithms and cutting edge fundamental research to solve difficult scientific problems, such as low-resolution, occlusion, pose,

ManTech to provide maintenance support for DoD biometrics software

ManTech International has won a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract to provide maintenance support for devices and software used for biometrics collection, storage, matching, and analysis in a forward operating environment. ManTech will provide operational and user maintenance and software maintenance support to the Product Manager for Joint Personnel Identification Quick Reaction Capabilities Sustainment. The cost-plus-fixed-fee task order has a 12-month base period of performance and one 12-month option period, with a potential total value to ManTech of $44.2

DARPA seeks cybersecurity proposals

According to a U.S. government request for proposal, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals from IT providers in the area of cyber attribution. The goal of the agency’s new “Enhanced Attribution” program is to develop technologies for generating operationally and tactically relevant information about multiple concurrent independent malicious cyber campaigns, involving several operators. The program will also seek the means to share such information with any of a number of interested parties without putting at

Biometrics research, smart payment cards and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Facial recognition NEC will be demonstrating biometric recognition solutions that use Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) technology, at the Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair this week in Hannover, Germany. NEC’s manufacturing solution combines NEC face recognition technologies and Factory Energy Management System (FEMS) with Azure IoT technology to create a complete end-to-end solution for factory maintenance, repair, and operation. The retail

U.S. Army evaluating biometrics for mobile devices on the battlefield

According to an article that appeared in NextGov, the U.S. Army is committed to evaluating several biometric systems that can function on the battlefield. According to a Defense Department budget submission, the Army will design experiments for the “detection of insider threats based on biometric identification” in the 2017 fiscal year. Officials at the Pentagon will examine testing tools such as voice and keystroke recognition. Bob Fedorchak, a tactical public key infrastructure technical lead at the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development

US naval base implements biometric identification and access control at all gates

Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) will soon be implementing the Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS) at all access gates, joining the ranks of other Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands, according to a report by The Dolpin. Serving as an improved identity authentication and force protection system, DBIDS is a global database which effectively facilitates the distribution of biometric data to the gate-guard tasked with controlling an individual’s authorized access to SUBASE. Using a hand-held wireless scanner, the gate-guard scans the

DSI announces speakers for Identity Management Symposium

Next month, senior leaders from the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community will gather in Alexandria, Virginia for two days of off the record briefings and informal discussions at the Defense Strategies Institute’s 3rd Annual Identity Management Symposium. The central theme of the symposium is “Advancing Identity Intelligence and Biometric Effectiveness” and it is designed as an educational and training town-hall style forum where thought leaders

Pentagon establishes Defense Innovation Advisory Board

The Pentagon has established a new “Defense Innovation Advisory Board” in order to import technological innovation and best practices from Silicon Valley. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the panel, modeled on the Defense Business Board, would facilitate the Pentagon becoming more “innovative and adaptive”. The board’s mandate will be to provide leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense with independent advice on innovative and adaptive means to address future organizational and cultural challenges. “Just as the Defense Business Board

National security concerns impacts contract extension, government recordkeeping

Northrop Grumman was recently granted a sole-source extension to supply an unspecified U.S. Army unit with biometric technology. The 12-month, $19.5 million bridge task order will cover systems engineering and technical assistance services. Under the task order, Northrop Grumman will provide technical services until the end of February 2017, when a competitive procurement process is expected to launched through the General Services Administration. Subjected to national security restrictions, public details about the contract extension were heavily redacted. Also, in a

Northrop Grumman to demo its biometric ecosystem at WEST 2016

Global security company Northrop Grumman is showcasing its key maritime defense capabilities during WEST 2016, a naval conference and exposition taking place this week in San Diego. One such solution the company is showcasing at its booth this year is its Biometric Ecosystem, a comprehensive range of biometric intelligence solutions for military, law enforcement, counterterrorism and border control. The Biometric Ecosystem includes multi-modal capture, storage, matching, performance monitoring, modeling, simulation and biometric-enabled intelligence functions. The company is also featuring Fire