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Biometric system. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is using the biometric engine identity management application from ImageWare Systems Inc. of San Diego to manage its biometric databases.

The department will use the software to conduct facial-recognition searches on all driver's license images from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to reduce identity fraud. Also, participating law enforcement agencies will be able to search against the state's main criminal database, as well as the driver's license database.

Biometric technology streamlines investigative procedures, so searches that previously took days 'can now be conducted in seconds,' said Cyndy Pellien of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Many Arizona law enforcement organizations use ImageWare's Crime Capture System to conduct investigative searches and to share information with other agencies. The system lets police agencies capture, search and retrieve criminal mug shots and booking information, and create photo lineups, mug books and photo IDs.

New man in charge. Dallas has hired Brian Anderson as its new CIO and director of communication and information services.

Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in IT. Most recently, he was CIO and director of research and development for Washington-based Public Technology Inc., a national nonprofit technology research and consulting organization for state and local governments.

He served as CIO for Philadelphia from 1998 to 2000. He also has worked as vice president of Aetna U.S. Healthcare in business information systems.

Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drexel University. He started his new post Aug. 4.

Multistate deal. Eleven companies will compete for $3 billion in computer hardware and related services work over the next three years through a contract vehicle established by the Western States Contracting Alliance.

The alliance was formed in 1993 by the state purchasing directors from 15 western states'Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming'to pool their buying power.

The contract becomes effective Sept. 1 for nine of the 11 companies that have completed the contract negotiations, alliance officials said. Still negotiating terms are Dell Inc. and IBM Corp.

The companies that have completed negotiations include Apple Computer Inc., Gateway Companies Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Howard Industries Inc., MPC Computers Inc., Konica Minolta Printing Solutions Inc., Kyocera Mita America Inc., Lexmark International Inc., and Xiotech Corp.

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