U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

Pyramid Systems awarded DHS USCIS contract, welcomes new COO

Pyramid Systems, Inc., a software solutions provider for federal government clients, has been awarded the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Joint Engineering Teams – Sustainment (JETS) task order for biometrics as the prime contractor. The five-year task order is valued by USCIS at potentially $81 million. Pyramid Systems, and its teaming partner, Five 9 Group, Inc., will provide Agile services for enhancement and operations and maintenance (O&M) of current biometrics applications used for U.S.

Biometrics in border security, fingerprint technology and mobile authentication top this week’s news

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics and border security United States and United Kingdom officials have been assuring their respective countries that refugees scheduled to arrive from Syria will have undergone a comprehensive background screening process, including biometric registration. Individuals will be double checked using fingerprints, face photos and other biometric identifiers, first by the UNHCR then by the country they are applying to enter. The U.S.