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Home Affairs' new biometric system to monitor borders goes live Courtesy Unisys

A new biometric identity system built by Unisys and IDEMIA for the Home Affairs Department, for use in securing the country's borders, has gone live, the two companies who built the system say.

The Enterprise Biometric Identification Services is based on Unisys Stealth multi-factor identity management and authentication solution, and uses IDEMIA's facial and fingerprint recognition algorithms.

The system will be used to match facial images and fingerprints of those, like visa applicants and citizenship applicants, who seek to travel to Australia.

The contract for the system was signed in March 2018 and was said to be worth $44 million at the time. Unisys also built and supported the previous biometrics matching system for the last 12 years.

Rick Mayhew, vice-president and general manager, Unisys Asia Pacific, said: "The long-term growth in the volume of travellers that will hopefully return after COVID-19, as well as the increased risk of potential terrorist or fraudulent activity, means that effective border security is more important than ever.

"EBIS provides Home Affairs with greater confidence in verifying an individual's identity for efficient and early detection of criminals and persons of national security concern who change names and obtain passports using false identities.

"We have worked closely with the department and our partner IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, to deliver one of the world's leading solutions to help protect Australia's borders and national assets."

Tim Ferris, president of IDEMIA Asia Pacific and senior vice-president for Public Security and Identity, added: "We are thrilled to provide the biometric engine that powers the EBIS solution.

"This is the continuation of years of IDEMIA's engagement in the Australian Borders ecosystem. The combined strengths of IDEMIA behind Unisys provide the Department of Home Affairs with a flagship platform to secure the border now and into the future."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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