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Australian immigration agency to update biometrics system


According to a new tender, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is seeking update its biometrics system.

The immigration agency is seeking to purchase new off the shelf commercial software that provides either new facial and fingerprint recognition matching services.

DIAC is also seeking associated services, which include installation and configuration services, advice and assistance which will allow DIAC to integrate the procured software, maintenance and support services for the procured software, and provision of assistance and advice, including training of DIAC development staff to enable the agency’s further maintenance and support of the new biometrics system.

The tender, which closes November 9, will only entertain applicants that will provide both software and support services.

DIAC also may decide to include additional software products in its new system that can integrate enrolment and workflow management, reporting, audit and administration and security and monitoring services. It is expected that the agency will integrate the new software with its existing in-house dashboard system. The software should not replicate any existing hardware capability, the department has said.

The new off the shelf software needs to be capable of handling a predicted “tenfold increase” in the number of biometric enrolments in the system over the next five years. The new system also needs to be able to integrate with existing hardware that has been in used by the department since 2007.

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