DHS wants iOS or Windows-based biometric devices for rapid, remote identification of bad guys

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The Department of Homeland Security recently put out a call to the wireless industry looking for information on the best biometric technology available for mobile devices that could help it quickly identify suspects in the field.

The DHS said it is the devices need to be capable of obtaining biometric (fingerprints and facial recognition) and biographic information and communicating wirelessly through a virtual private network (VPN).

"The device(s) of interest should be tough, rugged, and durable enough to function reliably in the various outdoor environmental conditions that DHS end users face every day, and be efficient and easy to use for the collection of biometric and biographic information in the field. The device may be fully integrated, or comprised of compatible component parts (i.e. COTS device [platform] with rugged sleeve and integrated sensor(s) [accessory])."

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The DHS said it was looking to "determine the current capability(ies) and price point of the market, to provide solutions that will meet the needs of DHS end users. These needs include the capability to capture biometric and biographic information from unknown persons and to achieve identification of known persons of interest while in the field."

The FBI is on the lookout for a similar biometric tool.  Last year it announced the Biometric Identification Tools Program to develop a mobile app for capturing photographs, fingerprints, iris prints and other biographical data.

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