BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 28, 2003–
SAFLINK(R) Corporation (OTCBB:SFLK), a leading developer, marketer, and integrator of biometric security solutions, announced today that its team has been selected to participate in the third segment of the Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) project.
SAFLINK is the sole biometric security application software provider to participate in this segment, which is led by BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE:BE), a DoD CAC prime contractor.
SAFLINK will work with the DoD Biometrics Fusion Center (BFC) located in North Central West Virginia to evaluate the potential use of “contactless” smart card and biometric technologies with the department’s Common Access Card (CAC) in a physical access environment. The expected value of this current award to SAFLINK for the development and delivery of biometric security application software is approximately $137,000. This will be the third of three such awards for the Company as part of the overall DoD CAC program.
“We are delighted to have been selected for this project,” said Matt Shannon, Director of Government Sales for SAFLINK. “To date, we are the only biometric security application software company to have been selected to participate in all three of the initial CAC proof-of-concept segments. We expect the production pilot will likely be comprised of the ‘best of breed’ applications from the first three phases.”
Multi-Segment, Multi-Phase Process
The first segment, known as CAC-A, explored the best way to store the biometric information of military personnel in four different scenarios. The second segment of the project, CAC-B, explored the integration of this biometric information with specific applications, and the third segment of the project, CAC-C, is intended to explore the use of these templates in a wireless physical access control environment.
“The overall DoD CAC program is an effort to find a framework solution that provides the flexibility to meet the needs of the Department of Defense, including supporting multiple biometric technologies and devices – not just a single technology,” said Walter Hamilton, Vice President of Business Development for SAFLINK. “We believe this plays very well into SAFLINK’s strength of open standards, which allows us to deliver and support more than 20 different biometric devices.”
About the Common Access Card
The Defense Department’s “Common Access Card,” or CAC is a smart card with an embedded computer chip that is part of the DoD’s nationwide effort to improve security at its installations worldwide. The DoD CAC program is administered through the General Services Administration Smart Access Common ID program. The CAC is designed to enable authorized physical access to installations, buildings, and controlled spaces, as well as to gain access to military computer networks and systems. The CAC is intended to be the standard identification card for all active-duty military personnel, selected Reserve and National Guard, as well as the Department’s civilian employees and eligible contractors. More than one million cards have been issued to date, with distribution expected to exceed four million in the next two years.
SAFLINK(R) Corporation brings “The Power of Biometric Authentication(TM)” to workstations and enterprise networks through biometrics. The Company provides cost-effective multi-biometric software solutions to verify individual identity, protect valuable information, and eliminate passwords. These solutions are designed to safeguard and simplify access to electronic systems and online services. For more information, please see the Company’s website at www.saflink.com or call 800/762-9595.
NOTE: “SAFLINK” is a registered trademark of SAFLINK Corporation. “The Power of Biometric Authentication” is a trademark of SAFLINK Corporation.
This release contains information about management’s view of the company’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with the company’s financial condition, its ability to sell its products, its ability to compete with competitors and the growth of the biometrics market as well as other factors that are discussed in the company’s 424(b)(3) Prospectus filed with the SEC August 16, 2002 as amended and supplemented, and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other documents periodically filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.