In order to increase the security of their borders, the United Kingdom has announced plans to collect biometric data for all visa applicants.
In support of this, they have chosen biometric identity solutions provider, CrossMatch Technologies, Inc., to provide their L SCAN Guardian scanners.
The $4.4 million contract is for 1,385 livescan Guardian fingerprint scanning systems, as part of its new visa program and the United Kingdom's Home Office Biometrics Framework Agreement.
CrossMatch's Guardian fingerprint scanning systems are designed for high-volume biometric applications and collect high quality fingerprints in seconds. The systems also meet international standards and government requirements in many countries.
Fingerprint biometrics help ensure secure identification as every human has a unique fingerprint they can be use to be identified by.
Biometric data to be collected as part of the application process will include ten fingerprints and a digital photo. These biometrics are then checked against UK Government records to see if the individual is already known to the Border and Immigration Agency.
According to a news release, "Since the introduction of the first UK biometric visas, several hundred applicants have been detected while attempting to immigrate illegally to the UK."
Andrew Pestell, Head of Procurement for UKvisas, commented in a statement to the press, "The introduction of biometric visas is a key part of our contribution to the Border and Immigration Agency's strategic objective to strengthen our borders. The recording of biometric information through our new fingerprint readers allows us to fix an individual's identity at the earliest point practicable so that only those with permission can travel to the UK."