Army scouting for biometrics
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 31, 2000
NSTISSC acquisition policy
The Army announced this week that it is seeking commercial sources for security
products and services to support all of the Defense Department's biometrics
In an inquiry to industry, the Army's Communications and Electronic
Command Acquisition Center in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., detailed the department's
needs for biometrics hardware, software and services to provide security
for information activities within the United States and overseas in operational
zones such as Bosnia and South Korea.
Biometrics are authentication technologies that rely on measurable physical
characteristics, such as fingerprint verification, iris scanning and voice
authentication. The Army is looking for these and many other biometric technologies,
as well as training and support for the services provided.
All products must comply with the Biometrics Application Programming
Interface standard overseen by the BioAPI Consortium. The products must
also comply with the National Security Telecommunications and Information
Systems Security Committee's acquisition policy that calls for DOD to give
preference to products evaluated under the international Common Criteria
Certification and Evaluation Scheme.
Products are now being evaluated by commercial laboratories under the
accreditation of the National Information Assurance Partnership of the National
Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Responses are due back to the Army Cecom Acquisition Center's Southwest
Operations Office by Nov. 21.