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State Department issues RFI on mobile biometrics data collection devices


The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State, is seeking information on the current and near-term availability, capabilities and price point of a mobile data collection device capable of capturing biometric and biographic information from unknown persons and to confirm identification of known persons of interest while in the field.

According to the request for information, devices should weigh three pounds or less, be tough, rugged, and durable enough to function reliably in various outdoor environmental conditions and run for a minimum of seven hours without needing a battery replacement or recharge. Biometrics data to be collected includes fingerprints, facial and iris images. The device must be capable of storing up to 200 subject records, communicate wirelessly through a virtual private network and adhere to DOS, NIST, FIPS and FBI CJIS Mobile Security policies.

Submissions must be received by March 20, 2017.

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