will provide software for the Initial Phase of the United Kingom Home Office’s
UKvisas Biometrics Program. The solution will be used for capturing both fingerprint and facial images.
Around 1,000 livescan units are being rolled out in this phase of the UKvisas program. Cogent’s software will be integrated into these units and support the recording and verification of 10-print fingerscans, fingerprint verification matching of applicants as well as enable the recording of facial images per ICAO standards.
The initial roll out is expected by February 2007. Cogent will also provide software consulting, help desk and incident management services for the biometric program.
Ming Hsieh, president and chief executive officer of Cogent said that were chosen due to their ability to deliver and to integrate advanced software that enables the fast and accurate recording of both fingerprint and facial images with a high level of customer support.
Hsieh believes their involvement with this stage of the UKvisas program potentially positions them well for other discussed biometric initiatives in the UK including the AFIS related to the UK visas program, UK-eBorders and a potential National ID card program.
“Cogent clearly demonstrated the strength of their technology and customer support throughout the evaluation process,” said Andrew Pestell (Procurement and Commercial Manager) from the UK Home Office in a press release
“The implementation of this software will contribute a significant step towards our goal of introducing fingerprinting for all visa applicants,” he added.
The UKvisas Biometrics Program provides equipment to around 250 locations worldwide to capture biometric fingerprint and facial image data for all visa applicants. The organization reportedly aims to introduce fingerprinting by 2008 for all visa applicants before they travel to the UK.
Cogent provides Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide.
For more information, visit Cogent Systems
or United Kingom Home Office
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering call centers, CRM and information technology.