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Crossmatch continues work on PAD for fingerprint and iris biometrics, selected for Phase 2 of IARPA Thor program


Crossmatch has been selected by IARPA to enter Phase 2 of the Thor program. The Thor program focuses on the development of next-generation biometric presentation attack detection (PAD) technologies.

“We are pleased to continue our innovative work on PAD for fingerprint and iris biometrics,” said Crossmatch SVP and Chief Technology Officer Bill McClurg. “Phase 2 of Thor will see a higher concentration of software work, building upon the prototype scanners developed in Phase 1. The work includes developing PAD algorithms based on biometric features, artificial intelligence and machine learning that work for both known and unknown presentation attacks.”

The goal of the program is to develop reliable PAD technologies not easily deceived when someone attempts to disguise their true biometric identity to game or mislead a system. The Thor program is scheduled for three phases and is expected to run through early 2021.

Crossmatch was awarded its initial Thor program contract with IARPA in early 2017.

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