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Datasonic secures $1.7M biometrics contract for Malaysia-Singapore border

Datasonic secures $1.7M biometrics contract for Malaysia-Singapore border

Datasonic has secured a facial recognition e-gate contract for the Malaysia-Singapore border crossing worth RM6.97 million (US$1.7 million) from Malaysia’s Home Affairs Ministry, The Edge Markets reports.

Datasonic will supply the equipment, software and deployment services for 16 facial recognition-enabled e-gates, which will be used for entry and exit checks by the Immigration Department, according to the report. A filing with the Malaysian stock exchange shows the one-year contract begins on February 15, and it was won through an open bidding process in October in which 18 companies participated.

The contract includes an RM348,656 ($85,000) performance bond for a two-year period.

Datasonic estimates the contract will increase share value for the financial year ending March 31, 2020, as well as for the remainder of the contract.

Last October, Datasonic and South Korea-based Digent formed a biometric joint venture company to develop and market next-generation biometric applications.

Singapore began trialing facial and iris biometric technologies from Tascent for checks at its border with Malaysia last year.

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