Daon is supplying biometric solutions to the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) for its border security initiative, the Biometrics at the Border program. Biometric identifiers will be collected from non-citizens entering the country for future identity verification. The systems will be rolled out to detention facilities this year and deployed in on-shore and off-shore immigration offices over the next few years.
Daon Supplies Biometric Technology to the Australian Government
Daon teams with prime contractor Unisys on $50 million border security project
Reston, VA, Sept. 12, 2006 – Daon, a global provider of identity assurance software, announced today that it is supplying biometric software and services to the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) under a subcontract to Unisys as part of a $50 million program designed to enhance border security.
Australia joins a rapidly growing list of governments who have selected Daon software as part of their identity assurance programs. Already in use in numerous programs in the US, Europe, the UK, Asia and Middle East, Daon has proven its ability to provide a robust, scalable, future-proof platform for establishing identity, which is critical in preventing the use of falsified documents by terrorists or others seeking to enter a country illegally.
The state-of-the-art biometrics system in Australia is being funded as part of the Biometrics at the Border program announced in the government’s 2004-05 budgets. Personal identifiers such as photographs and fingerprints will be collected from non-citizens at key points in the immigration process and securely stored for future identity verification. Biometric systems are expected to be rolled out to detention facilities later this year and deployed in Australian on-shore and off-shore Immigration offices over the next few years.
As part of the Unisys team, Daon is providing strategic consulting, expertise in biometric testing & evaluation, software products and services. A key Daon component is their core biometric infrastructure product, DaonEngine, along with Finger, Face and Iris Biometric Snap-In interfaces to leading biometric matching algorithms.
“Over the past year, Daon has been privileged to serve DIMA in biometric trials in various locations, including their offices in Canberra and Sydney, Australia; Nairobi and Kakuma in Kenya; Cairo, Egypt and at the Sydney Airport,” commented Tom Grissen, CEO of Daon. “We are delighted to bring our experience to the Unisys team and participate with them in developing better ways to manage the identity of persons seeking entry to and residence in Australia.”
“Daon is a core part of the delivery team with responsibility for strategic consulting, subject-matter expertise, support for research and innovation as well as provision of biometric data management software. In our due diligence for this important project, we determined that Daon is an industry leader in delivering integrated biometric platforms for enterprise systems, making them the ideal partner for this program,” said Terry Hartmann, Director and Global Services Lead for Secure Identification and Biometrics at Unisys.
Unisys is a worldwide technology services and solutions company. Unisys consultants apply Unisys expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, and server technology to help clients achieve secure business operations. Unisys builds more secure organizations by creating visibility into clients’ business operations. Unisys’ 3D Visible Enterprise makes visible the impact of business decisions – ahead of investments, opportunities and risks. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
Daon is a leading provider of identity assurance software products focused on meeting the needs of governments and commercial organizations worldwide. Daon supports customers and system integrators in building enterprise solutions requiring the highest level of security, performance, scalability, reliability and privacy. Daon’s multi-modal authentication infrastructure, DaonEngine, integrates seamlessly with IT platforms and applications and manages the identity life-cycle of small and large populations. Privately held, Daon’s offices are located in Washington DC, Sydney, London and Dublin. For further information please visit www.daon.com.