Northrop Grumman notes progress in DHS system
08 May 2018 20:46 GMT

Senior Northrop Grumman staff noted the firm's progress in developing a Next-Generation DHS Biometric System at last week's connect:ID 2018.

David Grauel, the government’s program manager for the biometric system, said last week that the company has begun work on a phase where the initial capabilities are being developed by the company - in Increment 1 of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system, reported Defense Daily.  

In February, Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a $95 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) to develop increments one and two of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system. 

HART is the organization’s next-generation recognition program, replacing the Automated Biometric Identity System (IDENT) built in the 1990s. In the statement, the firm noted that HART is a more robust system than its predecessor and when fully implemented will perform multi-modal biometric identification of individuals to enable both national security and public safety as well as benefits and services.

Northrop Grumman won the contract for Increments 1 and 2 of HART, which will enable increased records capacity and storage, more biometric matching transactions, the build out of more robust face and iris storage and matching capabilities, the addition of a multimodal biometric fusion capability, improved performance, system availability and interoperability, and the creation of a performance test environment and a data warehouse, Grauel said. The core foundation laid in the first two increments will also enable the eventual build out of Increments 3 and 4, which are still in the planning stages but are expected to further increase capacity and add new biometric modalities such as voice, DNA and others.