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U.S. Army seeks information from companies for biometric authentication system project


The U.S. Army has posted a “Sources Sought” request seeking information from businesses for market research purposes to help the agency design and develop an emerging biometric authentication system.

The biometric authentication system will be based on non-traditional modalities incorporated in existing Active Authentication research, or in other words, modalities that are made up of a combination of traditional physical, behavioral, or stylometric biometric data.

According to the information notice from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at the United States Military Academy, “all responsible sources may submit a capability statement, proposal, or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency.” However, this is not a request for quote or proposal.

In the notice, the agency specifies a number of criteria for all participating companies interested in contributing information.

Vendors are required to build a secure container for a process or group of processes which operate on a local operating system platform for Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as be able to develop fusion logic that can receive disparate biometric modality feature data from a range of processing modules based on existing Active Authentication research.

Participating companies must also have expertise in developing evaluation frameworks for biometric technologies, along with having previous experience in the independent analysis, testing and evaluation of biometric modalities.

All interested respondents are asked to submit a brief capabilities statement package spanning no more than 10 pages in length which illustrates their ability to perform the research and development criteria listed in the notice.

Participation is strictly voluntary and will close on August 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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