L-1 Awarded US$9.9 Million Contract for USCIS Multibiometric Solution

L-1 Identity Solutions , a provider of identity solutions and services, announced a contract valued at US$9.9 million over three years for advanced live scan biometric capture systems to be used as part of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigrant citizenship application process. The terms include a one-year base contract of $6.6 million with two consecutive one-year options of approximately $1.6 million for additional solutions and services that bring the total contract value to $9.9 million over three years. The systems included in the base contract will be fully deployed by the end of the first half of 2010 within all of the 134 US Customs and Immigration Service Application Support Centers (ASCs) located throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories of Saipan, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The procurement is being conducted under the Department of Homeland Security "First Source" IDIQ. L-1 was the original technology provider on this program and an incumbent on the new contract. NCS Technologies, is the prime and acting as program manager.

The new live scan systems from L-1 will provide advanced systems using enhanced technology that increases the productivity of digital capture and electronic submission of fingerprint images to the FBI and US-VISIT. The fingerprints are used to conduct criminal background checks prior to USCIS making a determination whether to grant immigration benefits to applicants. The new L-1 live scans leverage a Windows-based interface and capture both roll and slap prints. The systems will be available in three configurations: kiosk, desktop and portable units. The systems will be supported by a 24-hour call center and nationwide field service organization that is wholly owned and operated by L-1 as part of the company's existing customer support infrastructure.

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