ImageWare Systems, a developer of identity management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential and law enforcement technologies, has been selected by an undisclosed government customer to deploy its Biometric Border Management software product suite at points of entry along the country's border.
Company officials said that the project consists of four task orders and is expected to generate in excess of $12 million in revenue over the initial eighteen month completion period if all the task orders are issued.
The company said it has received the first task order and has begun work on the project.
"This government's major infrastructure project and our negotiations have been in the works for a very long time. We believe we were selected as a key contributor based on our extensive track record of providing biometric based identity management solutions for border applications and access control with Canadian Air Transportation Safety Administration (CATSA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Florida Uniform Port Access Credential (FUPAC),” said Jim Miller, ImageWare's chairman and CEO.
Miller said that the combination of the company’s patented IWS Biometric Engine, IWS EPI Builder and related work flow process tools built specifically for border control will play a major role in this significant infrastructure project that will knit biometric identity into the fabric of the client's border control system.
In addition, Miller noted that based on discussions with the government customer, they plan to expand the project in a next phase to include seaports and airports throughout the country. The customer estimates this next phase will have a revenue value to ImageWare of another $12 million over an eighteen month implementation period.
The company’s border management software will enable its government customer to biometrically enroll applicants seeking permission to cross its border. Once an applicant's finger, face and iris are enrolled along with applicable text information, a smart card will be issued to the applicant, which will be used thereafter to verify the authenticity of the applicant's identity and privileges.
The card will be compliant with the biometric standards set by ICAO, the international organization that sets the standards for passports and travel documents.
The project will also incorporate ImageWare's patented technology for biometric/identity enrollment, identity vetting, credential issuance, credential management and access control.