UKvisas has placed an order with Cross Match Technologies for 1,385 of its L-Scan® Guardian™ fingerprint scanners. The Guardian scanners will be placed in UK overseas missions, including embassies and consulates. The contract is worth $4.4 million. The device allows the collection of high quality fingerprints in only a few seconds, and meets international standards that comply with government requirements in many countries. Fingerprints taken are checked against UK Government records to see if the individual is known by Border and Immigration Agency.
Cross Match Receives Orders of US$4.4 Million for Guardian Fingerprint Scanners by UKvisas Biometrics Program
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida and JENA, Germany, — Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, has been awarded a US$4.4 million contract via the United Kingdom’s Home Office Biometrics Framework Agreement for 1,385 livescan Guardian fingerprint scanning systems, as part of its new visa program implemented by UKvisas.
The state-of-the-art L SCAN® Guardian™ scanners will be in operation by the end of this year in UK overseas missions, including embassies and consulates around the globe. Cross Match is delivering the systems in cooperation with its partner Steria UK.
Great Britain is the first EU country to collect biometric data in the form of ten fingerprints and a digital photo from every visa applicant.
Andrew Pestell, Head of Procurement for UKvisas, said: “The introduction of biometric visas is a key part of our contribution to the Border and Immigration Agency’s strategic objective to strengthen our borders. The recording of biometric information through our new fingerprint readers allows us to fix an individual’s identity at the earliest point practicable so that only those with permission can travel to the UK.”
Since the introduction of the first UK biometric visas, several hundred applicants have been detected while attempting to immigrate illegally to the UK. Fingerprints taken as part of the visa application process are checked against UK Government records to see if the individual is already known to the Border and Immigration Agency. Over 8,000 sets of prints have been matched quickly and successfully to individuals of concern using this technology. This proves the effectiveness of the biometric checks.
“We are pleased to provide our cutting-edge Guardian technology for the UK visa program and to contribute significantly to higher security standards in the UK and the European Union”, said Gerhart Ernst, managing director of Cross Match Technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. “We are committed to delivering the highest quality systems to help secure national borders worldwide.”
The Guardian is designed for high-volume biometric applications such as visa issuance and border control. The device allows the collection of high quality fingerprints in only a few seconds, and meets international standards that comply with government requirements in many countries.
About Cross Match Technologies
Cross Match Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. These solutions are used to capture and process the unique physical characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identities. Offerings include fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris capture devices, biometric software, document readers, and related services. Cross Match has international operations in Jena, Germany. For further information visit: http://www.crossmatch.com.