U.S. Army getting new BAT kits

Aug. 8, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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HERNDON, Va., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Virginia company GTSI has won a U.S. Department of Defense contract to provide the U.S. Army with mobile biometric automated toolset systems.

The biometric devices assist troops with real-time identification of persons of interest in the field.

The contract is for 16 months and will be executed as part of GTSI's Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Hardware contract with the federal government.

Biometrics are measurable physical characteristics such as fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition, hand geometry, palm prints, handwriting, voice and DNA. Defense Department biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, exploit and display biometric data for timely identification and verification.

The BAT-A system includes an enrollment kit consisting of a laptop and attached biometric collection devices capable of enrollment, verification and identity detection, together with mobile handheld devices for collecting, storing and uploading pertinent data to Army biometrics collection centers.

A system of servers containing the biometric database maintains and synchronizes information, ensuring that data collected at one location is available at others.

"We are delighted to win BAT-A and this contract positions GTSI as a leader in mobility and biometrics integration and support for our war fighters," said Sterling Phillips, chief executive officer of GTSI. "GTSI is committed to delivering best-in-class technology solutions that serve the Army's mission-critical needs."

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