ImageWare Systems IWS Mediator biometric solution

SAN DIEGO -- ImageWare Systems, Inc., a leading developer and provider of identity management solutions, launches IWS Mediator, a suite of multilingual translation, collaborative and integrated multimodal biometric capabilities for government, defense, border control, public safety and enterprise-wide organizations.

ImageWare's agnostic IWS Mediator platform enables real-time multilingual translation, including two-way, speech-to-speech, voice analysis, and multimodal biometric capabilities, as well as support for multilingual chat, distributed speech for MeshNet and document exploitation. Users can communicate with subjects in their own language while allowing for subject verification and identification through multi-modal biometrics, including voice, face, iris, fingerprint, as well as the Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials. The IWS Mediator supports more than 28 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Korean, Arabic and Mandarin.

"Leveraging the technology we acquired from Sol Logic, the Mediator suite of products fills a void for the intelligence, defense, public safety and border control markets we serve," said Jim Miller, ImageWare's chairman and CEO. "Mediator also continues our radically different approach of using vendor-neutral, agnostic platforms and enables integration with the IWS Biometric Engine. We have further differentiated ImageWare's offerings by adding language translation, voice recognition and communications capabilities."

The IWS Mediator and the company's next-generation biometric identity management technologies will be exhibited at the 2008 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Conference, one of the world's premier C4I professional societies, being held at the San Diego Convention Center Feb. 5 – 7. ImageWare's booth is #613.

ImageWare's next-generation biometric identity management solutions are based on its award-winning IWS Biometric Engine, a biometric identity management platform for multi-biometric searching and matching that is scalable, technology agnostic and allows organizations to manage population databases of unlimited sizes. The IWS Biometric Engine's multi-biometric enrollment, management and authentication platform allows users to search and match tens of millions of biometrics for identity confirmation. Searches can be 1:1 (verification), 1:N (identification), X:N (investigative) and N:N (enrollment integrity).

ImageWare's IWS Biometric Engine suite of solutions provides government, law enforcement, border management and enterprise businesses a wide variety of application-specific solutions that address specific government mandates and technology standards. It also provides the ability to integrate into existing legacy systems and expand based upon specific customer requirements. The new application suite of products includes complete packaged solutions for:

• HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV)
• Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
• Border Management
• ePassport & eVisa
• Applicant Identity Vetting
• Mobile Acquisition
• Disaster Management
• Physical Access Control
• Single-Sign-On and Logical Access Control

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW), is a leading developer of identity management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential and law enforcement technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, the Company's biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and algorithm independent, enabling the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. ImageWare's identification products are used to manage and issue secure credentials, including national IDs, passports, driver licenses, smart cards and access-control credentials. ImageWare's digital booking products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shot, fingerprint Livescan and investigative capabilities. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Washington, DC, and Canada. For more information visit