Next-Generation Government-Wide Biometric Identification System
Northrop Grumman has won a contract to develop Increments One and Two of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), the company announced on 26 February.
The contract, valued at $95 million, was awarded by the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management, which supports the Department’s responsibility to protect the nation by providing biometric identification services that help federal, state and local government decision-makers accurately identify the people they encounter and determine whether those people pose a risk to the United States. Northrop Grumman will serve as systems developer and integrator for this 42-month effort.
HART is the DHS next-generation recognition programme and is a more robust system than its predecessor, the Automated Biometric Identity System (IDENT) built in the 1990s. When fully implemented, it will perform multi-modal biometric identification of individuals to enable both national security and public safety as well as benefits and services. Supporting DHS and its mission partners, HART will help the government keep pace with the growing sophistication of threats to the homeland and will feature multi-modal processing and matching technology that uses a combination of face, finger and iris biometrics meeting DHS accuracy requirements. A keen focus on safeguarding personally identifiable information as well as ensuring the critical sharing of data across interagency partners underpins the technology. Using HART’s scalable architecture, the technology will allow for vastly increased transaction volumes, new modalities and mission growth for the nation’s largest biometric system.
IDENT, originally developed in 1994, is currently the DHS-wide system for the storage and processing of biometric and limited biographic information for DHS national security, law enforcement, immigration, intelligence and other DHS mission-related functions.
“Northrop Grumman is proud to support the DHS in taking this critical biometric identity technology to the next level. As threats continue to evolve, HART will offer a more accurate, robust way to identify adversaries in a secure, affordable manner that scales to future needs and ensures interagency data sharing. We’re applying advanced, proven technologies to deliver a system that performs well into the future and is poised to grow to meet tomorrow’s homeland security needs.” commented Vice President, Global Cyber Solutions, Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Bobby Lentz.