The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded US aerospace technology company Northrop Grumman with a $95 million contract to develop its Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system, the biometric identification program DHS will employ as the next-generation successor to IDENT, DHS’ existing biometric ID system originally developed in 1994.

While DHS’ Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is the office in charge of the HART program, Northrop Grumman will development the first two increments of the project and will serve as systems developer and integrator over the 42-month development period.

On completion, HART will implement multi-modal processing and matching technology that uses a combination of face, finger and iris biometrics. Capability for vastly increased transaction volumes, new modalities and mission growth will be built in to the system, Northrop said.

“As threats continue to evolve, HART will offer a more accurate, robust way to identify adversaries in a secure, affordable manner that scales to future needs and ensures interagency sharing,” Northrop Grumman Mission Systems VP-global cyber solutions, cyber and intelligence mission solutions division Bobby Lentz said.

OBIM oversees biometric identification services across the US federal government, storing, analyzing and providing fingerprint and increasingly enhanced biometric identifying data to the US State, Defense and Justice departments, in addition to US Customs and Border Protection and state and local jurisdictions. OBIM was created in 2013, replacing the US Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology program.

Mark Nensel