Idemia US wins TSA contract worth up to $128 million

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Idemia Identity and Security (I&S) North America, a leading provider of biometrics and secure identity solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies, has been awarded a contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the next generation Credential Authentication Technology (CAT). The contract ceiling is $128M with a period of performance over seven years.

CAT is utilised by the TSA to ensure ID authentication (CAT does not retain any personal passenger information, per system requirements) and confirm boarding pass and Secure Flight pre-screening status at the airport security checkpoint. CAT provides enhanced fraudulent ID detection capabilities while confirming the identity and flight information of travelers, and is currently being utilised at approximately 200 airport locations nationwide. The next generation CAT, CAT 2, enhances security screening and enables a touchless experience through biometric technology that includes face match and acceptance of digital identity credentials, like Mobile ID. (Individuals will have the option to opt out of the 1:1 face match and instead be processed manually by TSA.)

"CAT is one of the most innovative programmes we have worked on at Idemia, and we are proud to continue building robust identity validation and verification technologies for our partners at TSA, supporting our Homeland’s security mission. The CAT programme is setting the standard for us in our public private partnerships across government. Earlier this year we delivered our 2,054th CAT unit to the TSA, a milestone truly representing our team’s hard work, dedication and subject matter expertise in identity and security." said Donnie Scott, CEO, Idemia I&S North America.

Idemia I&S North America has also been an authorised TSA Precheck enrollment provider since 2013, processing enrollments for over 17 million travellers to date.


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