DoD Selects MorphoTrust to Maintain Key Biometrics Platform
MorphoTrust's ABIS Platform is DoD's Authoritative Biometrics System
March 11, 2013, Billerica, MA
MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has won a contract to maintain the central biometrics platform of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) – a platform MorphoTrust originally provided to DoD in 2008. The maintenance contract for the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS®) is worth $17.8 million -- $3.6 million a year with four one-year options.
MorphoTrust owns ABIS and licenses it to customers, including DoD, which uses ABIS as its authoritative technology platform for multi-modal biometrics. DoD purchased an enterprise-wide license for the platform in 2010.
Specifically, DoD uses ABIS to quickly and accurately match fingerprints and facial and iris images, along with other biometric functions, to support the DoD's mission of identifying and providing intelligence on persons of interest who could potentially pose a threat to national security or those engaged in warfighting missions.
In addition to DoD's core application, Next Generation ABIS, the MorphoTrust ABIS license serves as the foundation for eight other biometrics systems. The current contract calls for MorphoTrust to provide ongoing software maintenance and support for all DoD systems based on ABIS.
"The Department of Defense has chosen MorphoTrust to implement and maintain a biometric system that supports critical missions in homeland security and defense," said Bob Eckel, CEO of MorphoTrust. "MorphoTrust takes that responsibility seriously and is committed to providing outstanding service as a trusted partner to DoD and other government agencies."
About MorphoTrust™ USA
MorphoTrust™ USA – a Morpho company part of the Safran group – is the leading U.S. provider of identity solutions to federal, state and local governments that simplify, protect and secure the lives of Americans. The company's offerings help to verify the identity of applicants and deliver the secure credentials that individuals rely on to exercise their civil rights, gain access to benefits and services, and ensure trusted transactions while reducing fraud and enhancing national security. The company delivers solutions for secure ID issuance such as U.S. driver licenses and passports as well as for border management, law enforcement, retail, travel and applicant vetting through document authentication, data verification and biometrics (iris, fingerprints and face). We serve many U.S. federal agencies and businesses, operating in all 50 U.S. states. The company also has a nationwide network of ID service centers, with over 1,200 convenient locations.
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