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DHS Issues RFI on Potential Upgrades to Biometric System

fingerprintThe Department of Homeland Security is seeking information from industry on potential upgrades to the Office of Biometric Identity Management’s current biometric system in order to accommodate a growing population and emerging identity screening applications.

DHS said in a notice posted Thursday on FedBizOpps that OBIM plans to develop a new biometric identification and analysis system that works to store data such as fingerprints and photographs, determine links between the data and specific identities, and identify persons of interest.

Required funtions include identity deconfliction, biometric matching, biographic searching, transaction processing, business intelligence, storage, information linking and international coverage.

The system would utilize biometric, biographic and contextual data; perform continuous identity management; drive accuracy, speed, efficiency and scalability of services; and leverage data indexing, analysis and correlation, DHS said.

DHS will accept questions through Nov. 14 and RFI responses through Dec. 5.

OBIM is an office within DHS that supports other agencies, law enforcement, the intelligence community and international customers in immigration management, border security, counterterrorism, credentialing and related operations.

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