DOD will test biometrics to secure its smart cards

Wednesday, 26 June 2002, 11:04 AM EST

DODís Biometrics Management Office last week awarded a $915,000 contract to KPMG Consulting Inc. of McLean, Va., to conduct a 90-day test of biometric identifiers that could authenticate smart-card holders for building and network access.

"We want to spend three weeks for a product assessment," said Paul Howe, director of the Biometrics Fusion Center in Bridgeport, W.Va. "We try to stay ahead of the marketing curve." Howe said the centerís mission is to help DOD agencies become better buyers of biometrics. A separate facility in Bridgeport will host the tests for the Common Access program.

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