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 will bring together technology vendors and volunteers to test new and emerging biometric technology systems. The first event in this series, to be held in March 2018 at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, aims to challenge industry to provide high-throughput face or iris technology systems.

About the Rally

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 rally will challenge industry to develop face or iris biometric systems to meet the requirements of high-throughput biometric operations, and will employ controlled testing of candidate technologies in relevant scenarios.

The rally is currently scheduled to occur in March 2018 at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF). The MdTF is designed for large scale volunteer testing. For more information, visit the MdTF web page.

Timeline/Submission Info

Industry with demonstrated expertise in face or iris biometrics as well as building intuitive and easy-to-use systems may participate in the Biometric Technology Rally. Participants will need to submit an information package describing the system, including a white paper and a video of the system in action. Successful submissions must demonstrate integrated biometric systems capable of meeting or exceeding rally performance metrics. The current timeline of events is as follows:

  • December 8: Submission deadline
  • December 18: Participants notified of their selection
  • Early March: System installation at MdTF
  • Mid-March: Rally data collection

Additional Info

All submissions must be received electronically no later than Friday, December 8, 2017. Check the Biometric Technology Rally website for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, join us at 10:30 am EST on Friday, November 17 for a webinar on the Biometric Technology Rally. E-mail for details.


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