February 19, 2008 Lockheed Martin has received a ten-year, $1 billion contract from the FBI to develop and maintain the Next Generation Identification system, which will expand fingerprint capacity to double the size of its current database, and incorporate palm print, iris, and facial recognition capabilities. The system is also designed to incorporate other biometric modalities that may become important in the future.
The multi-modal, state-of–the-art biometrics system will be used by state, local and federal authorities, and is being designed by a Lockheed led team that includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology, Global Science & Technology, Innovative Management & Technology Services, Platinum Solutions, and the National Center for State Courts.
Last May, Lockheed Martin opened the Biometric Experimentation and Advanced Concepts center to serve as a collaborative hub for the development of integrated biometrics systems. The BEACON center will support the FBI and NGI program. Lockheed Martin also designed and maintains the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, is the lead systems integrator for the Registered Traveler program, and the lead contractor for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.
“We were proud to collaborate with the FBI on the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the largest system in the world of its type,” said Judy Marks, president, Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions. “We’re tremendously pleased to partner with the agency once again to deliver the next quantum leap in capability.”