Identix lands defense contract

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 6, 2003

February 6, 2003

MINNETONKA, Minn. - Fingerprint biometric company Identix said Tuesday that it had landed a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for a 5.4 million user license for its BioEngine fingerprint recognition technology.
The DOD will use the license to upgrade existing fingerprint records of all its military and civilian personnel using the company’s latest technology, Identix officials said.

“We are beginning to see some initial orders come out from the federal government that are putting some substance behind all of the interest the government has been showing towards the adoption of biometric technology,” said Joseph Atick, president and chief executive officer of Identix. The contract is a “strong statement” by the DOD, Atick said, of the government’s commitment to using biometric technology.

The DOD has been using Identix software and hardware since 1996, when it first began to capture automated fingerprints. The license agreement will allow the department to upgrade its software to the BioEngine to be used in conjunction with the biometric company’s DFR single fingerprint readers.