DOD signs up Viisage for biometric work

The Defense Department has awarded a $10 million contract to Viisage Technology Inc. for multimodal biometric devices that incorporate iris, finger and facial recognition technologies.

The Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment device, known as Hiide, is a scalable tool for enrolling, identifying and verifying people using any of the three biometrics, the company said.

Hiide can be used as a mobile handheld system or connected to a host computer or network. It can be used for mobile identification of people on the battlefield, at border checkpoints, in airports, in detention centers and for checking people against watch lists.

The device also is being marketed to state and local law enforcement agencies and public and private correctional facilities where it could be used for suspect, inmate and visitor identification, the company said.

The terms of the contract call for the SecuriMetrics unit of Viisage to deliver the biometric devices. SecuriMetrics, which introduced the device in 2005, supplies iris recognition solutions for Defense Department use in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia, the company said.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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