01 Mar 2018

$95 million HART biometrics contract awarded to Northrop Grumman

The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) has contracted Northrop Grumman to oversee increments one and two of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system.

HART is a next generation recognition program, envisioned as replacement to the Automated Biometric Identity System (IDENT) established in 1994. Once fully implemented HART will perform multi-modal biometric identification of individuals to better safeguard national security and public wellbeing.

This multi-modal processing and matching technology will employ a combination of face, finger and iris biometrics to meet the stringent requirements of the DHS. Crucially, there is greater focus on protecting personally identifiable information in addition to the critical sharing of data between inter-agency partners.

“Northrop Grumman is proud to support the DHS in taking this critical biometric identity technology to the next level,” said Bobby Lentz, Vice President of the Global Cyber Solutions, Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

“As threats continue to evolve, HART will offer a more accurate, robust way to identify adversaries in a secure, affordable manner that scales to future needs and ensures interagency data sharing.  We’re applying advanced, proven technologies to deliver a system that performs well into the future and is poised to grow to meet tomorrow’s homeland security needs.”

HART’s scalable architecture means that the technology can accommodate vastly increased transaction volumes, new modalities and mission growth in support of the United State’s most comprehensive biometric system.

The Office of Biometric Identity Management supports the Department of Homeland Security by providing biometric identification services that enable federal, state and local government decision makers to accurately identify subjects and determine whether or not they pose a risk to the United States.

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