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Australia to test biometric system

Nov. 30, 2012 at 6:20 AM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Australia's Defense Department has received a trial proof of concept for an automated biometric information system from Northrop Grumman.

The proof of concept, modeled after the U.S. Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System, will be used to produce biometrically enabled intelligence. Australia will operate the system for six months to demonstrate the feasibility of a biometric analytic capability for the Australian military.

"This delivery is a key step in the development of a multi-modal biometric data repository for the Australian Department of Defense," said Samuel Abbate, vice president of defense enterprise solutions for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector.

"It marks the start of a six-month trial during which biometric data will be collected, stored, matched and processed in accordance with existing legislative frameworks.

"ABIS will be an important element in Australian Defense Forces capability to ensure identity dominance and assurance in the theater."

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