Lockheed Martin has announced that IBM will join its industry team to develop and maintain the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-the new multi-modal, state-of-the-art biometrics system to be used by state, local and federal authorities.
As the prime contractor on the FBI's NGI program, Lockheed Martin will provide program management and oversight as well as biometric and large systems development and integration expertise. Joining the NGI team as a subcontractor, IBM will provide some information technology services, as well as specific software and hardware to be used in the NGI system.
"Our entire industry team, with the new addition of IBM, is very pleased to start working on the NGI program," said Judy Marks, President, Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions. "This represents a win for the FBI, the justice community, and most importantly, the public who will benefit from the security of an advanced biometric identification system."
"IBM and Lockheed Martin have a strong history collaborating in the Federal community and we are pleased to join their NGI team," said Dave Amoriell, General Manager, IBM Global Services, Federal. "This industry team can provide the right blend of technology and services needed to support the FBI's critical mission of using intelligence to prevent national threats and improving public safety."
The NGI system will expand fingerprint processing capacity and will now also include palm prints, iris and facial recognition capabilities. Additionally, the system requires a significant degree of technical flexibility in order to accommodate other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future.
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