Bringing biometrics to homeland security

Lockheed Martin has teamed up with a major biometrics research centre at West VirginiaUniversity to develop advanced US homeland security solutions.



The Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) is devoted to advanced biometrics through leading-edge research. The organisation is the first National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center to focus on biometrics, an area of growing importance to achieve homeland security objectives. The collaboration will provide CITeR members the opportunity to shape the direction of the centre’s research and to mentor researchers whose projects are relevant to industry objectives.



Lockheed Martin designed, developed and maintains the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the world’s largest law enforcement and criminal history database. With over 500 million fingerprints in its system, it claims to have reduced the time it takes to identify criminals from days to minutes.



Previous biometrics research from Lockheed Martin includes the BioUnique Enrolment and BioUnique Identify systems which enable government agencies to achieve secure, reliable compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. This mandates a government-wide identification standard for all federal employees.