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Hand held biometrics for US Department of Defence

L-1 Identity Solutions : 01 August, 2007  (Application Story)
L-1 Identity Solutions to supply HIDE multi-biometric handheld devices for use in US military bases and detention centres.
L-1 Identity Solutions has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SecuriMetrics has received a second task order totaling $9.4 million from the US Department of Defence (DoD) for HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment) biometric recognition devices and other related software. The period of performance under the order is four months and shipments are expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

This order is part of an existing requirements contract with the US Army's Space Program Office (ASPO) which supports the Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities Program (TENCAP) and was first announced by L-1 in April 2007. The contract calls for a maximum of $71 million in HIIDE devices over 24 months, with the first task order valued at $23.7 million already received and shipping.

"HIIDE's ability to operate at 100 percent mission readiness and with over 98 percent device reliability across very harsh operating conditions, makes this device an invaluable asset in helping our troops to quickly and safely obtain and verify identities in the field at detention centres and military base checkpoints and on the battlefield," said Robert LaPenta, L-1 Identity Solutions Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

HIIDE is the world's first hand-held biometric identification device that can enroll, identify or verify subjects using any of the three primary biometrics: iris, finger, face.

The total number of devices ordered by the DoD from SecuriMetrics to date is 6,664, with more than 3,370 devices already shipped and currently deployed by the US government in areas of global conflict.
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