UK’s Home Office Biometrics to host supplier event for procurement project

The UK’s Home Office will host an event to share its Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Strategic Central and Bureau Platform (SCBP) procurement strategy with potential suppliers on Tuesday, December 12, to provide insight into its requirements and approach, and judge industry interest. The HOB program currently uses fingerprint, face and DNA verification for crime scene investigation, visa applications, passport applications, border control and counter-terrorism. The Home Office intends to run separate procurement processes for the SCBP’s “matcher/mobile/bureau application & tools”

Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

DHS wants to passively scan faces of foreign nationals crossing U.S. border by car

The Homeland Security Department is seeking technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by land, verifying that the individuals entering the country are, in fact, the same ones leaving it, according to a report by Nextgov. On November 14, DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day to solicit solutions that would allow Customs and Border Protection scan individual’s faces. The face recognition technology would work even if the vehicle’s occupants are

DHS wants innovative solutions to speed up the border-crossing experience

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to implement technologies such as facial recognition to expedite the border crossing process, according to a report by GCN. In a series of solicitations, the agency’s Science & Technology Directorate detailed the solutions that will help Customs and Border Protection address the rising number of international travelers to the U.S. while optimizing the security level in airports across the country. DHS is specifically seeking technology to count and measure the number of travelers

Home Office plans to invest $6.4m to provide police with facial recognition technology

The Home Office is planning to invest £5 million (US$6.4 million) on facial-recognition software to be initially used by law enforcement and eventually other public sector organizations, according to a report by Public Technology. The department has posted a contract notice looking for interested technology suppliers for a five-year term to provide biometric matcher engine software (MES) that can identify people via facial imagery. In addition to the technology itself, the supplier or suppliers will need to provide a range

Home Office issues $118m biometrics, digitization tender for UK Visas and Immigration

The Home Office has issued a tender for “front end services” including biometrics and the digitization of supporting evidence valued at £91 million (US$118.3 million) on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), according to a report by Kable Government Computing. The length of the the contract is three years, with a built-in option for the Home Office, acting through UKVI to extend the agreement for two additional years. The contracted services include an identity check, the capture of biometrics,

Romanian Police looking to procure a facial recognition system

According to a report in the Romanian Insider, the Romanian Police are looking to procure a facial recognition solution that can acquire, compare, and verify facial digital images of suspects, convicts, unidentified persons, missing persons, and unidentified bodies in police investigations. The images obtained with this system will be compared with photos from the Romanian Police’s database. An open auction has been launched to select a firm that will take care of implementing the National Biometric Identification System (NBIS). The

Islamabad schools introduce biometric time and attendance system for staff

Islamabad’s Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will be introducing a biometric time and attendance system for both teaching and non-teaching staff at the 422 schools in Pakistan’s capital, according to a report by the Daily Times. A human resources management system (HRMS) is also being established. The biometric time and attendance system will give the FDE improved monitoring and centralized control over the educational institutions in the city by recording employees’ attendance, time response, productivity, performance and profile management in

Australian police looking to collect biometrics in the field with mobile fingerprint solution

Australia’s NSW Police Force is looking to provide officers with portable fingerprint scanners to be used with a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras which are being slowly rolled out across the force, according to a report by IT News. The police force has approached various technology vendors for portable fingerprint scanner solution. The new technology is part of the NSW’s ongoing initiative to digitize the daily duties of officers in the field to eliminate the need for

Bid protests continue in delayed DHS biometrics contract

In what has felt like a never-ending bidding process, hindered by multiple procurement delays, the Department of Homeland Security has finally awarded the $47 million professional contract for biometric support to BAE Systems, according to a report by Washington Technology. In response, American Systems filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on July 30. In May of 2013, DHS first tried to award Ideal Innovations Inc. with the contract, which would have provided DHS and the U.S.