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Science and Technology Biometric Technology Rally

Biometric Technology Rally

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will hold a series of Biometric Technology Rallies to support industry innovation and advance technologies that support DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise operations. These rallies bring together subject matter experts, technology vendors and volunteers to test new and emerging biometric technology systems. The first event in this series, held in March 2018 at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, challenged industry to provide high-throughput face or iris technology systems.

About the Rallies

Previous test results demonstrate that while some biometric technologies are improving, many tested technologies fall short in operational settings. Through S&T’s Biometric Technology Engine, the rallies challenge industry to develop biometric systems to meet the requirements of high-throughput operations, and employ controlled testing of candidate technologies in relevant scenarios.

The rallies are held at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF). The MdTF is designed for large scale volunteer testing. For more information, visit the MdTF rally website.


Results from the first Biometric Technology Rally, held in March 2018 to test face and/or iris biometric systems, were released via webinar shortly after the event:



For a visual breakdown of this data, please visit the MdTF rally results web page. Individuals interested in contacting one or more rally participants should send an e-mail to with a detailed description of their request.

Timeline/Submission Info

The details of the next rally have not yet been announced. When these details have been confirmed, a timeline of events and information about submissions will be posted here and on the MdTF rally website.

Additional Info

Check the MdTF rally website for the most up-to-date information about upcoming events, or to sign-up to be included in communication about future rallies.

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