IDEMIA to provide Australia’s biometric matching engine

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IDEMIA to deliver biometric identity solution to Australian Government. Source: IDEMIA.

IDEMIA will provide a biometric matching engine solution for the Australian Department of Home Affairs, underlying the processing of visas, border crossings and citizenship applications. IDEMIA will work alongside prime contractor Unisys Corporation, who will provide the overall system integration as well as the biometric management and processing platform Unisys Stealth(identity).

Room to grow

At the heart of the system is IDEMIA’s MorphoBSS multi-biometric engine, making use of face and fingerprint matching algorithms and providing capability for the addition of other modalities if the need arises, such as iris recognition.

MorphoBSS is a flagship product of IDEMIA, combining very high scalability (over 1 billion identities possible), very high availability – designed for mission-critical systems, and integrating IDEMIA’S world-leading biometric algorithms. Joining forces with Unisys’s Stealth(identity), also a highly scalable Identity management engine, the solution will provide a flexible capability that can seamlessly integrate into the Home Affairs’ wider ecosystem.

As part of the deployment of EBIS, IDEMIA will engage its global biometrics research capability in addition to local personnel from both Unisys and IDEMIA to deliver an unprecedented level of accuracy, as required by the Department.

Smartgate pioneer

IDEMIA has a longstanding experience working with Government in Australia, and is providing in particular a wide range of law enforcement agencies with mission-critical solutions around biometrics and video analytics. IDEMIA pioneered Automated Border Control in Australia through the implementation of Smartgates since 2004, and is a key technology partner in the Civil Identity, Banking, Mobile Operators and Digital Identity markets.

“We are very proud to be providing this flagship biometric platform with our partner Unisys,” commented Tim Ferris, Vice President for IDEMIA’s Public Security and Citizen Identity activities in APAC. “Our teams both locally and globally are excited by this major system which will form one of the keystones of the security of the Australian border.”

“The growth in the volume of travellers, as well as the increased risk of potential terrorist or fraudulent activity, means that effective border security is more important than ever before. We are delighted that the Australian Government has continued its trust in Unisys to help in enhancing the safety of its citizens,” said Mark Forman, global head of Public Sector business at Unisys.

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