Unisys will provide new biometric system to instantly verify identities of 100,000 airport workers
OTTAWA-The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has awarded Unisys Canada Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unisys Corp. (NYSE:UIS – News), a contract to supply, integrate and manage a new identification management system, using fingerprint and iris biometric technology to verify the identities of airport workers at 29 airports throughout Canada.
The new system, based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products from ImageWare Systems, will replace the existing application used in CATSA’s Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC) system. The RAIC system enhances aviation security by verifying the identities of airport workers via biometrics and ensuring that only those workers with security clearance are permitted to enter restricted areas. It also allows CATSA to update the security clearance status of all 100,000 airport workers instantly at all airports across the country.
The contract will run two years, followed by two additional two-year option periods. Unisys will also provide data management, integration and project management services for the deployment of the new version of the RAIC application. Additional services will include training, preparation of training material and provision of technical support once the application is deployed.
The RAIC system uses contactless smart cards, fingerprint and iris readers located at entry points to restricted areas and enrollment equipment which communicates with the airport’s access control systems. Airport workers scan smart cards in readers, which extract the biometric data. The user then undergoes a fingerprint or iris scan which is matched against the data on the card.
ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX: IW – News), a leading developer and provider of identity management solutions, and subcontractor to Unisys, will provide its IWS™ Biometric Engine® Border Management Solution, a Web-based, multi-biometric ID management system for the CATSA project. The ImageWare product is the centrepiece of the new RAIC application, responsible for enrollment of airport workers, capturing and processing their biometric data, and issuing biometric-enabled smart cards.
The award to Unisys builds on the company’s recent successes providing identity management solutions in Canada, including,
A successful fingerprint and facial biometric field trial for the Citizenship & Immigration Canada agency to process temporary visa applications for approximately 20,000 students, workers, visitor and refugee claimants over six months, and The Port of Halifax last year awarded a contract to Unisys to design and develop a vascular biometric credentialing and access control database solution for approximately 4,000 port workers.
“We are pleased to be able to assist CATSA in achieving its mission of increasing the security of air travellers in Canada,” said Bob Binns, president of Unisys Canada. “This award, combined with our previous work, positions Unisys as a leader in providing biometric solutions for identity management to government and business in Canada.”
Last year, Security Product & Technology News selected Unisys Canada as Canada’s security systems integrator of the year. The publication’s editorial advisory board’s decision focused largely on Unisys work on the CIC biometric field trial. Unisys leveraged ImageWare Systems as a subcontractor to provide the IWS™ Biometric Engine® Border Management Solution for the project.
Unisys is a worldwide leader in integrating biometric technologies to help organizations create secure business operations. Unisys is the integrator for a recently announced three-year contract with the Port of Los Angeles to design and manage an identification and access control system, using smart card and biometric technologies to identify workers who require access to restricted areas in the port. Unisys was also selected by Australian Passports, part of the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide biometric- and smart chip-enabled passports. In addition, Unisys recently developed, implemented and rolled out nationwide a smart card for the citizens of Malaysia.
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