Unisys Corporation announced a $35 million contract with the Australian Department of Home Affairs to design and implement the new Enterprise Biometric Identification Services (EBIS) system.
EBIS replaces the previous biometrics matching system. Unisys provided and supported the earlier EBIS for the last 12 years. A statement from Unisys did not reveal the reasons for the replacement of the earlier EBIS. Unisys bagged the contract after a competition bidding done by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs, as per the multi-year contract, will use the new EBIS system to match face images and fingerprints of people wishing to travel to Australia, including visa and citizenship applicants, against biometric watch lists to identify people of security, law enforcement or immigration interest.
EBIS is designed to support anticipated growth in visa applications, border clearance and applications for citizenship over the next 10 years.
“We have drawn on our wealth of knowledge built working with the Australian Government, and with other clients around the world, to design a solution that quickly flags people who require further investigation while allowing legitimate travelers to efficiently pass through border clearance,” said Tony Windever, vice president and managing director of Unisys Asia Pacific.
EBIS will be based on the Unisys Stealth (identity) multi-factor identity management and authentication solution. Stealth (identity) supports face, finger, iris and voice recognition, and is a robust solution designed for more than 100,000 transactions daily and more than 100 million records operations across multiple devices.
EBIS will include analytics that will ingest data feeds from Stealth (identity) to support and run simulations, said Mark Forman, global head of Public Sector business at Unisys.
The core of the fingerprint and facial biometric matching solution will use biometric matching algorithms from IDEMIA (formerly OT Morpho) to accurately match fingerprints and facial images.
Unisys is supporting more than 300 government organizations worldwide,