NEC snags CrimTrac biometrics ID deal

Australia’s national law enforcement information sharing agency CrimTrac has chosen NEC to take over the operation of biometric identification services from May next year.

CrimTrac operates the national automated fingerprint identification system (NAFIS). It issued an amended tender in 2014 for a refresh of the biometrics database to include facial recognition capability.

The $52 million, five-year contract involves the replacement of the existing NAFIS, which CrimTrac has operated since 1987.

Existing police databases containing 12 million facial images and 6.7 million fingerprint sets will be included in the new system, which is based on a multi-modal solution NEC developed for United States law enforcement. The Northern Territory police force already uses the platform.

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