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Defense Department’s Biometric System to Undergo Operational Test; Sandy Vann-Olejasz Comments

biometricsThe Defense Department’s biometric identification system for recognizing persons of interest is set to undergo an operational test following completion of a customer test in March, Defense Systems reported Thursday.

Kevin McCaney writes the next round of test for version 1.2 of the Automated Biometric Identification System is scheduled in the fall to evaluate the technology’s deployment readiness.

DoD plans to terminate the first version of the system if the newest iteration passes the test, according to the report.

“These capabilities are necessary tools for the warfighter and for our interagency partners to be able to deprive our enemies of anonymity,” said Army Col. Sandy Vann-Olejasz, project manager for DoD Biometrics, according to the report.

The Army Electronic Proving Ground performed the customer tests to determine the technical readiness of ABIS, Defense System reports.

McCaney writes U.S. ground troops work to gather fingerprints, palm prints, iris and facial scan data and transmit the information to the FBI’s fingerprint identification system and the Department of Homeland Security‘s IDENT system by using ABIS.

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