NEC scoops biometric contract from CrimTrac

Federal Government agency, CrimTrac, has awarded NEC Australia a five-year national contract to deliver biometric services including facial recognition and fingerprint matching capability in a bid to boost crime fighting measures.

CrimTrac, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, has selected NEC to deliver the Biometric Identification Services (BIS) in 2017, and ongoing management and support services for five years following.

The BIS project replaces CrimTrac’s National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), a move that enables CrimTrac to deliver a national consistent approach to facial recognition for the first time in its 16-year history, according to NEC.

“NEC Australia was able to offer CrimTrac a proven solution through our global partnership with the NEC Biometrics Centre of Excellence in Sacramento, California. Our proven solution is based on a state-of-the-art multi-modal biometrics platform that NEC developed for the US market,” said NEC Australia sales director, Chris Korte, in a statement.

The facial recognition technology will assist policing for the purposes of identification, linking and solving crimes, and rapid identification using mobile capture devices, and will further enhance national border security.

NEC’s fingerprint and facial recognition technologies are used by more than 1000 customers in over 40 countries worldwide, including the Northern Territory Police.

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