U.S. government agencies divided on replacing smartcards with multibiometric system

Earlier this year Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen said that the agency is working towards replacing the Common Access Card with an “agile,” multi-factor authentication system in the next two years, according to a report by Secure ID News. Halvorsen said the Common Access Card — a smart card that enables Defense employees to access computer networks and physical facilities — would be replaced by “some combination of behavioral, probably biometric and maybe some personal data information that’s set from

PAE awarded $66M forensics and biometrics contract from U.S. Navy

PAE has been awarded the Naval Expeditionary Forensics and Biometrics (NEFB) task order by the U.S. Navy under its SeaPort-e IDIQ. The task order is for a four-year duration and has a total value of about $66 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, PAE will provide the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division with CONUS, OCONUS and shipboard services to support the Weapons Control and Integration Department’s forensics and biometrics requirements. The company will provide a wide

IBIA comments on efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new focus paper commenting on the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics and advanced smart card technology. The paper, Maritime Security Enhanced through Biometric Readers, authored by Walter Hamilton, Vice Chairman, IBIA, comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently published final rule, which outlines the implementation requirements for electronic biometric readers used in conjunction with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – a biometric-enabled

MorphoTrust USA wins award for security excellence

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has been honored with the James S. Cogswell Award for security excellence. Established in 1966 by the Defense Security Service (DSS), the Cogswell Awards acknowledges and honors those who work to establish a true partnership between industry and government to ensure the protection of classified information, materials and programs. Less than one percent of over 13,000 cleared contractors receive the award annually. “We are honored to be recognized by DSS as a progressive company using world-class security

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

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

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center issues RFI for contactless multimodal biometrics identification system

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic has posted a Request for Information (RFI) on commercial off the-shelf (COTS) contactless on the move multimodal biometrics identification system. Once eligible products have been identified, additional information will be requested at a later date. The Gatekeeper On The Move Biometrics Program, which is overseen by the Solutions in Identity Management (SIM) Integrated Product Team (IPT), is seeking information regarding vendors that already have or are currently developing a contactless on the

Biometrics Technology Center speeding up local, state and federal criminal investigations

The FBI Biometrics Technology Center in North Central West Virginia opened for use last month with its first employees settled in just before Christmas. Supported by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the four story, 360,000 square foot, state-of-the art facility took about ten years in planning and construction due to the exacting standards needed for a highly secure compound. The FBI shares the facility with the Department of Defense. Employees at the facility work on cutting edge

US army to discuss details of DoD ABIS contract at industry day

The US Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (ACC-NJ) will host an industry day event on December 18 to provide and discuss information regarding the upcoming procurement of Department of Defense automated biometric identification system (DoD ABIS) sustainment services and service life extension. Held on behalf of project manager (PM) of Department of Defense (DoD) Biometrics/Product Manager Biometrics Enabling Capability (PM BEC), the event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST at the Timmerman Center; Building 5441 in

U.S. military considering upgrading biometric identification technologies

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are considering upgrading biometric technologies to enable military officials to better identify individuals both up close and far away, according to a report by Ars Technica. The Marine Corps Systems Command recently unveiled details about the Identity Dominance System (IDS) 2 program, in which it is seeking potential vendors of portable systems that can collect various biometrics, including voice and gait recognition and DNA samples. Using these so-called tactical biometric technologies, military forces in