Coast Guard Looks To Expand Sea Biometrics Pilot

Project would be used for immigration and homeland security uses

Going forward, the Coast Guard plans to use biometric collection devices from two more companies as it seeks better capability in the maritime environment, Tom Amerson, the Coast Guard's lead on the project, told sister publication Defense Daily. The service plans to retain the IBIS devices but also will use devices supplied by Datastrip Inc., which is the U.S. division of Britain's Datastrip Ltd., and MaxID.

Amerson said that some of the enhanced performance features the Coast Guard wants for its at-sea biometrics trials include longer battery life and more suitability for the marine environment.