Accenture and Sagem Défense Sécurité win Biometric Matching System contract

by Editor 10/20/2008 4:51:00 PM
IT consulting firm Accenture and high-technology company Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group), the lead partners in the Bridge consortium, have won the contract to develop the European Commission’s Biometric Matching System (BMS).

With the ability to store the fingerprints of up to 70 million people and process more than 100,000 verification and identification requests per day, BMS is designed to help justice and immigration authorities deal with security and other issues related to terrorism, organized crime, illegal immigration, visa shopping, fraud and identity theft.

Accenture and Sagem were awarded the contract based on the Bridge consortium’s competitively priced, commercial-off-the-shelf approach that minimizes implementation risks. The invitation to tender had been issued by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security.

Accenture will take on the overall program management, while Sagem will provide the biometric matching software. The companies will share responsibility for analysis, design, integration testing, deployment and maintenance of the system along with other members of the Bridge consortium.

The Biometric Matching System (BMS) is an information search engine that can match biometric data from visa applications, identity management systems and policing systems for EU member countries. It is also the central biometric component of a collection of European Union identity programs for the protection of citizens and Schengen borders, which currently cover 29 European countries that have agreed to Schengen rules that are designed to eliminate physical borders among European countries.

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