Accenture to Enhance Biometric Technology Through New Homeland Security Contract
Accenture Federal Services was recently awarded a $71 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enhance biometric technology for border management strategy.
UPI reports that biometrics in the border management program are currently limited to digital fingerprints and photographs, but Accenture will reportedly work to include iris and facila recognition as well under the new contract.
"Border management, immigration and customs organizations are challenged with facilitating the movement of people and cargo across borders while enhancing the security of citizens and visitors," Tom Greiner, who heads up Accenture's work on the US-VISIT program, said in a statement. "We are working with Homeland Security to create border management solutions that deliver results."
With the new contract, which reportedly lasts 13 months, Accenture could look to create new intelligence jobs, which often require professionals with security clearance. These individuals have taken the appropriate steps in order to to be able to access top secret information involved in such projects.