Accenture has announced it is part of the Lockheed Martin team to which the Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded a 10-year contract worth potentially $1 billion to develop and implement the FBIâ€™s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Divisionâ€™s Next Generation Identification (NGI) Program, an enhanced identification system utilizing biometric technology.
As a team member, Accenture will provide its knowledge and experience in business architecture, training, service-oriented architecture and biometric interoperability to help the Lockheed Martin team provide the FBI with a holistic NGI solution designed to address people, processes and technology.
Accenture will draw upon its extensive technology R&D efforts coupled with its experience developing biometric identification systems, including its work for the US-VISIT program and its MiSense pilot at Heathrow Airport, to incorporate leading-edge practices from the private and public sector into the creation of NGI. The goal is to provide the FBI and other federal agencies with more accurate, reliable and responsive recognition technology.
NGI will replace the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which uses fingerprint recognition exclusively, as the FBIâ€™s primary biometric identification tool. NGI will feature a multi-modal system that incorporates not only fingerprint recognition but also newer biometric technologies such as facial recognition, iris scans and palm prints.
"Accenture is pleased to be teaming with Lockheed Martin on this critical program. Together we bring the necessary skills and experience to deliver a solution that is designed to meet the key business objectives of the FBI," said Jerry Briggs, managing director of Accentureâ€™s Federal government practice. "Our combined expertise will accelerate the delivery of biometrics interoperability services while providing increased capacity and productivity solutions to the FBI."