InCadence wins 10-year contract for Ares mobile biometric system

InCadence wins 10-year biometric contract with US Department of State

InCadence Strategic Solutions has been awarded a 10-year, $46.8 million contract to provide technical advice, application development, installation, modernisation and operational support for the implementation of the Diplomatic Security Identity Assurance System (DSIAS) and the Ares mobile biometric system.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to provide an award-winning technical solution that supports Department of State and its mission,” said Tom Heasley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of InCadence parent company Xator’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Solutions Business Unit. “It is a testament to our dedication and commitment to providing the best capability for our customers while strengthening national security.”

DSIAS and Ares perform multimodal biometric enrolment of subjects into an identity assurance architecture including fingerprint, and iris collected to US government standards. Together, these two subsystems form a system that can be deployed to a large environment using network capability. The data is collected and archived to support diplomatic security, high threat posts, counterterrorism and counterintelligence and domestic field operations worldwide.

The identity assurance program makes it possible to compare biometric identity data, collected by multiple posts in an enterprise architecture, to a repository hosted by the Department of State. Once collected, the data can be matched against previous Department of State encounters of an individual, and the biometrics and watch lists of all other major federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. Within minutes of the DSIAS installation and connection at a new post, an enrolment form can be submitted and matched against hundreds of millions of biometric records held by federal agencies, returning responses to Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents serving as Regional Security Officers in every US embassy who aid in the vetting process.


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