The US Department of Defense (Dod) has awarded a contract to AOptix to develop smart mobile devices that could allow a soldier to scan and record facial features and identify people from great distances.
The enhancement capability award comes at a time when both the US Marine Corps and the US Army are seeking for a secure mobile enterprise system that not only shares critical mission information at a faster speed but also helps contributing to multiply force effectiveness.
AOptix chairman and CEO Dean Senner said: "Users of these systems in-field will benefit from a more compact, lightweight, versatile and accurate identity verification device than has previously been available."
Under the $3m research contract, CACI International will serve as a subcontractor to help deliver a commercial-for-classified tool, which will feature biometrics, including iris, fingerprint, face and voice recognition capabilities, in addition to smartphone technology to the US DoD.
The company will modify its smart mobile identity platform, which was demonstrated in September 2012 at the Biometrics Consortium Conference, to meet the DoD’s specific requirements.
Integrated with biometric functionality and an advanced smartphone interface technology, the system will be designed to provide accurate identity verification for in-field use even under challenging conditions.
AOptix’s smart mobile identity device has been developed for securely managing data using mobile device management, federated enterprise mobile application mall capabilities, and advanced encryption and secure wireless transport.
Capable of deploying effectively and securely in the DoD environment, the identity solution has been designed to meet the US Government’s federal information processing standard (FIPS).
Image: A citizen scans his thumbprint with handheld identity detection equipment. Photo: courtesy of staff Sgt Robert Dedeaux.