Posted by Courtney E. Howard
HERNDON, Va., 8 Aug. 2011. GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ:GTSI), an information technology systems integrator for federal, state, and local governments, won a U.S. Army Biometric Automated Toolset-Army (BAT-A) contract. Mobile biometric devices delivered to warfighters will assist in the real-time identification of persons of interest in the field based on biometrics—or measurable physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition, hand geometry, palm prints, handwriting, voice, and DNA.
The contract has a total value of $159 million, spans a 16-month period, and is to be executed as part of GTSI's Information Technology Enterprise Solutions–2 Hardware (ITES-2H) contract with the federal government.
GTSI officials have partnered with Cross Match Technologies Inc. to deliver a portable solution that provides a rugged platform capable of capturing multiple biometric modalities in the field.
BAT-A includes an enrollment kit with a laptop and attached biometric collection devices, as well as mobile handheld devices for collecting, storing, and uploading data to U.S. Army biometrics collection centers. A system of servers with the biometric database maintains and synchronizes information, ensuring data collected is available at all locations.
Department of Defense (DoD) biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, exploit, and display biometric data for timely identification and verification, says a representative. These biometric systems are mission enablers for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, identity management and credentialing, law enforcement, and interception operations.