L-1 Indentity Solutions joins Northrop Grumman team on automated biometric indentification systems

STAMFORD, Conn., 9 Feb. 2007. L-1 Identity Solutions Inc., a supplier of identity solutions and services, is part of the Northrop Grumman team that will provide multiple, integrated multi-modal automated biometric indentification systems (ABIS) to the Department of Defense (DOD) for broad use in the accurate and fast identification of individuals.

Robert V. LaPenta, chairman, president, and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions, says "This award is a milestone in establishing L-1 as a credible AFIS/ABIS supplier and positions us well for future opportunities, including the FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) initiative expected to be competed sometime during 2007."

The DOD ABIS system is expected to be critical in providing accurate and fast identification of individuals in the field as part of the global war on terrorism. It will become the biometric repository for all identification types that links to the intelligence community and civilian agencies. The system is initially expected to support up to 2.4 million finger, face, palm, and iris records, and a lesser number of unsolved latent prints.

The Northrop Grumman team, including L-1, will deploy the Identix ABIS System that is based upon underlying FaceIt facial recognition, BioEngine fingerprint technology, and iris-recognition technology.

Other team members on the DOD ABIS contract include Ideal Innovations Inc. (Arlington, Va.) and NEW-BOLD Enterprises Inc. (Fairmont, W.Va.).

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