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IDEMIA awarded fingerprint contract by UK Home Office Biometrics Programme


The United Kingdom Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Programme has awarded IDEMIA a five year contract to deliver a new fingerprint matcher service. The award offers additional scope to be further extended to a total of eight years.

This contract is part of the strategic HOB Programme to deliver flexible biometric services. In the first phase of the project IDEMIA’s solution will be deployed for use by UK national police agencies, followed by immigration and border stakeholders.

IDEMIA’s solution is based upon its flagship MBSS Search Platform with additional services. MBSS is a multi-modal biometric engine, capable of delivering fingerprint, face and iris matching algorithms.

“IDEMIA is proud to announce this five year partnership with one of the world leaders in government biometric programs,” said Philippe Barreau, Executive Vice-President of Citizen Identity and Public Security activities at IDEMIA. “This major system will form one of the keystones of security in the UK, in a context where security is more important than ever before.”

IDEMIA delivers key government biometric solutions around the world. Australian border control has been using IDEMIA technology since the country implemented Smartgates in 2004 and just last week the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Affairs office announced its plan to issue a new sole source contract for facial recognition software to IDEMIA.

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