State Department seeks more advanced biometrics

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WHAT: A request for information from the State Department for supporting and implementing a biometric screening system that accepts fingerprints and iris and facial scans.

WHY: The State Department, like the Pentagon, is interested in more sophisticated biometric technologies to help with security overseas.

State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is in charge of security at embassies worldwide, wants help updating and implementing its biometric screening system, known as Tactical High-Threat Operational Response.

THOR comprises software and hardware and has two "subsystems." One handles biometric collection and enrollment on Windows 7 desktop and several mobile platforms, and the other is a database that can operate across a local- or wide-area network.

Prospective contractors should be able to provide analytical support to State's CTO for the ongoing maintenance and expansion of the THOR system. That work must "be compatible with other agency systems to support identity assurance and vetting initiatives," according to a statement of work posted on the FedBizOpps contracting website. The notice states that the RFI is limited to 8(a) businesses and is for planning purposes only.

State officials are also looking for companies that could conduct a review of the existing THOR system, draw up a plan for further implementation and install supporting software.

Click here to read the RFI.

Posted by Sean Lyngaas on Nov 03, 2015 at 10:49 AM


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