SRI Wins 4-Year, $12.5M Contract to Develop Anti-Spoofing Tech for IARPA

“SRI International says its solution, which it calls a ‘Multi-physiological Joint Optimization and Liveness Nuances for Identity Ratification system,’ will focus on ‘dynamic biometrics’…”

The Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) has contracted SRI International to develop a solution that can detect spoofing attacks against biometric security systems.

SRI Wins 4-Year, $12.5M Contract to Develop Anti-Spoofing Tech for IARPASuch presentation attacks appear to be a matter of increasing concern to IARPA: The government agency has also awarded Crossmatch a four-year, $5.8 million contract to develop “Presentation Attack Detection technologies” for its “Thor” R&D program. SRI International’s contract, itself covering a four-year term, is valued at $12.5 million, and will be undertaken as part of “Odin”, the overarching program of which Thor is a component.

SRI International says its solution, which it calls a “Multi-physiological Joint Optimization and Liveness Nuances for Identity Ratification system”, will focus on “dynamic biometrics” that analyze “real-time physiological responses of living tissue to external and internal stimuli,” according to a statement from the company. In other words, the aim is to move beyond static biometric imaging to toward substantial liveness detection.

IARPA’s interest in biometric technology extends beyond anti-spoofing, of course: The organization also recently announced a Face Recognition Prize Challenge in an effort to advance the state of the art as facial recognition proves increasingly important in border security and other government applications.

June 27, 2017 – by Alex Perala