FBI's DNA index system to be designed by Unisys

A next-generation DNA index system for the FBI will be deployed by Unisys Corp. through a two-year, $11 million contract.

Unisys of Blue Bell, Pa., will design and develop software, oversee deployment and furnish operations and maintenance support for the Next-Generation Combined DNA Index System.

If all options are exercised, the contract could be worth $50 million, the company said.

FBI laboratory's Combined DNA Index System allows federal, state and local labs to share and compare profiles, helping law enforcement officials link convicted offenders to violent crimes. Unisys' solution uses a sophisticated search engine to accelerate the matching process.

Unisys' partners on the project are the University of Tennessee's Laboratory of Information Technologies, IBM Corp., University of Cincinnati, and iSYS LLC.

There are 178 national labs participating in the DNA index system, which has a database of 3.7 million offender profiles and 150,000 forensic profiles

Unisys will deploy its indexing solution to all U.S. labs and to crime labs in 26 countries.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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