Northrop Develops Biometrics Info System Proof of Concept; Samuel Abbate Comments

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Northrop Grumman is developing a system for storing biometrics data and intelligence and will evaluate requirements for a future information management system.

The company said it holds a one-year contract to develop an automated biometric information system for the Australian military and recently delivered a proof of concept for testing and refining of analytics techniques.

“This delivery is a key step in the development of a multimodal biometric data repository for the Australian Department of Defence,” said Samuel Abbate, vice president of defense enterprise solutions for Northrop’s information systems sector. “It marks the start of a six-month trial during which biometric data will be collected, stored, matched and processed in accordance with existing legislative frameworks.”

Northrop is modeling the system after a similar project with the U.S. Defense Department, where the company is a prime contractor for developing a central repository of biometric identity records including face, fingerprint, iris and palm.

The company has had a presence in Australia’s defense and civil sectors for more than 20 years and recently won a contract to build a cyber testing range for that country’s military academy (our sister site ExecutiveBiz has more on that story here).

In June, the company announced it would acquire the cybersecurity and mobile communications provider M5 Network Security (click over to GovCon Wire for our coverage of that transaction).

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