US Intelligence Community Working on Advance Biometric Identification Tech

  • IARPA has announced a multi-year study to create new biometric identification technology
  • Technology will enable biometric identification from enormous heights and long distances
  • Technology will allow to identify humans in difficult situations, such as from UAVs at great distances, through atmospheric turbulence-induced distortions

 The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is the research and development arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. IARPA has announced  a multi-year study to create new biometric identification technology. From enormous heights and long distances, technology will be able to accomplish whole-body biometric identification and will be known as the Biometric Recognition & Identification at Altitude and Range (BRIAR) program. The program’s sophisticated research and technology will allow the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense to recognise or identify humans in difficult situations, such as from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at great distances, and through atmospheric turbulence-induced distortions.

Program manager Dr. Lars Ericson said that National security technology must perform properly and reliably in settings when present biometric technologies have failed miserably. She further emphasised, placing confidence in the capabilities of the team consisting of scientists, and engineers that will be working on the project for advancing the building state-of-the-art futuristic biometric technologies.

Research contracts has been awarded to Accenture Federal Services LLC, Intelligent Automation, Inc., Kitware, Inc., Michigan State University, Systems & Technology Research, The University of Houston, The University of Southern California.

Avril Haines Director of National Intelligence along with   Directors of FBI, National Security Agency, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, appeared before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for explaining the US Intelligence Community’s 2022 Annual Threat Assessment Report.

The conclusions of the US Intelligence Community’s 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, which was recently issued, must be considered while understanding the need for advancement in Biometric Identification Technology. According to the research, the United States and its allies will face a global security environment that is becoming increasingly complicated and challenging. Threat assessment foresees great power competition between nations as well as problems posed by transnational threats.

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