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Canadian Government uses Aware software for biometric visa applicant screening


Aware has announced that several Government of Canada departments and agencies have deployed its software as part of a new biometric visa applicant screening tool.

Specifically, the tool uses biometrics to help screen applicants from certain countries who apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit. The new tool uses Aware’s Biometric Services Platform, as well as Universal Registration Client and related COTS APIs.

The company’s Biometric Services Platform is a modular and centralize app use to implement workflows and manage data exchange between various government departments.

Aware served as the principal subcontractor to Fujitsu Consulting on the project.

“The new Canadian tool exploits the full capabilities of Aware’s BioSP and URC products in terms of their robustness, functionality, and flexibility,” Rob Mungovan, Vice President at Aware said. “The project’s success further establishes the products as a leading biometric visa applicant screening solution, and also illustrates their suitability for use by integrators to quickly deploy an advanced solution that meets specific customer requirements.”

Though it is unconfirmed, it’s likely this new Aware deployment is related to Canada’s Temporary Resident Biometrics Project.

Reported previously, there are 29 countries listed in this program, and they are mostly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Countries selected for the program were selected for their volumes or rates of visa refusals, removal orders, refugees and nationals arriving without proper documentation. In addition, their relevance to Canada’s foreign and trade policy was a consideration.


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