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Unisys Australia Signs Biometrics and Identity Management Contract with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition technologies will be employed to strengthen border security
Unisys will provide DIMA with an identity solution that will be implemented initially in immigration detention centers. Over the course of the contract, biometrics will be deployed progressively to other business processes such as the overseas refugee and humanitarian caseload and the secondary line – where a passenger is redirected from standard entry lines for additional assessment, such as increased identity validation or “watch list” matching – at Australian airports. The new solution, designed to strengthen Australia’s borders, will use facial recognition and fingerprint scanning technology.
“Unisys has played a key role in biometric and identity management projects globally, from ID cards and travel documentation to border control, voter registration, defense and homeland security, airport and port security,” said Allen Koehn, managing partner, Public Sector, Unisys Australia-New Zealand. “A flexible, scalable identity management solution will help maintain Australia’s security.”
Unisys will lead a team of biometrics and identity management specialists: University of Canberra, Daon, the International Biometric Group, Cognitec, NEC, Tactics, and Aulich & Co.
Unisys has implemented similar biometric and identity management solutions for government agencies around the world. Examples include the U.S. Registered Traveler pilot program, the HANIS (Home Affairs National Identification System) project for the Department of Homeland Affairs in South Africa, and the MyKad (multipurpose ID card) project for the National Registration Department in Malaysia.
Most recently, Unisys announced this summer that it has been selected to supply, install and support a six-month biometrics field trial for Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC), which will test the benefits of introducing fingerprint scanning and facial recognition technologies into CIC operations. Approximately 15,000 fingerprints and facial images will be collected from field trial participants.
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