DHS looking to off-the-shelf tools for managing biometric data.

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DHS looking to off-the-shelf tools for managing biometric data.

The Department of Homeland Security is looking for better ways to store, match and analyze biometric data.

According to a recent request for information, DHS' Office of Biometric Identity Management is interested in pre-existing, off-the-shelf applications capable of providing the following key processing capabilities: Business process and transaction management, biometric matcher middleware, multi-modal biometric fusion, reporting and analytics tools and data storage architecture.

The agency will be replacing its current tools, which are part of IDENT, the DHS-wide system for storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information.  The new program, DHS said, can be made up of one or more applications and must include, but is not limited to, identification, verification, biometric name and text search and external system search.

In addition, DHS wants to be able to use several biometric methods of identification including fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. Currently the system uses all three, but fingerprint is the primary method, and the number of iris and facial images in the database is very small. 

The applications must also be able to identify other personal traits such as tattoos and scars.

DHS is also asking vendors to establish a reporting and analytics platform (e.g. data warehouse) that is separate from its operational identity database, in order to house the data used for reporting and analytics. The agency is also interested in developing an advanced analytics program by leveraging one or more of the commercial, government or open source business intelligence and analysis applications currently available.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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