Defense awards biometric deal

Defense awards biometric deal

The Defense Department has given Lockheed Martin Corp. a five-year contract to build an automated biometric system that will consolidate, store and search fingerprint data collected worldwide by the department.

The Automated Biometric Identification System, which DOD is funding at $5 million this year, is patterned after the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which Lockheed developed and maintains. IAFIS is the largest biometric database of its type in the world, according to Lockheed Martin. It houses fingerprint and criminal history data about more than 47 million people.

Lockheed will acquire, install, integrate, operate and maintain ABIS. The contract includes IT hardware and software, communications technology, and other equipment and supplies.

ABIS will let military agencies automate fingerprint searching, and store and exchange fingerprint images around the clock.

The contract is the latest task order awarded under the Army's IT Enterprise Solutions contracting vehicle.

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