Further details are emerging on NEC Australia’s major new contract for a national police project.
First announced at the end of last week, the contract, valued at about $39.5 million USD, will see NEC upgrade Australia’s national police service’s biometric capabilities. The project is overseen by CrimTrac, the national law enforcement technology agency, and is essentially going to overhaul the current National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), with the new system adding facial recognition to its biometric capability.
Now, NEC is offering a few more details about the project. The new system will also enable mobile biometric scanning allowing for fast identification, presumably in the field; and NEC will endeavor to “lay the foundation for CrimTrac to integrate additional biometric modes in future,” according to a statement. The company has also revealed that the deal will see NEC offering support services for five years, starting with the project’s implementation in 2017.
Commenting on the deal, NEC Australia Sales Director Chris Korte asserted that the company is offering “a proven solution” that is “based on a state-of-the-art multi-modal biometrics platform that NEC developed for the US market.”
May 2, 2016 – by Alex Perala