Cross Match Technologies has received an order from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) for 675 L SCAN Guardian livescan fingerprint scanner units and software.
Cross Match previously has delivered to CA 650 Guardian units and related software. Those units have been deployed to consulates in El Salvador, England, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The additional 675 Guardian units and software purchased by CA will be deployed to other international locations by the end of 2007. These deployments are part of the Department of State's Biometric Visa Program.
This program is designed to increase security in the visa issuance process by capturing ten fingerprints from applicants seeking visas to enter the United States and checking those fingerprints against government databases. James W. Ziglar, president and CEO of Cross Match noted that, "We designed the Guardian and its related software to meet the government's need for smaller, lighter technology that can auto-capture, segment, quality score and format ten fingerprints in less than fifteen seconds. We are very pleased to receive this follow-on order from Consular Affairs and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to enhancing and protecting our national security."