Identix, Northrop Grumman IT Selected for Phase 2 of U.S. Defense Department’s Common Access Control


Identix Inc., along with Northrop Grumman Information Technology (IT), will participate in the second phase of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card Biometric Working Group (CAC/BWG) technical evaluations. The DoD’s Common Access Card is intended to be the standard identification card for all active-duty military personnel, Selected Reserve and National Guard, as well as the Department’s civilian employees and eligible contractors.

Northrop Grumman IT and Identix have been asked to integrate fingerprint biometrics into a standard offering for testing and evaluation for the federal government’s smart ID card platform. As part of the second phase, Northrop Grumman IT and Identix will deliver various scenarios for the use of the biometrically-enabled CAC for physical and logical access control. Additionally, the Northrop Grumman IT and Identix team will provide training, testing, and post delivery support.

The CAC is a smart card with an embedded computer chip that will be used to enable authenticated and authorized physical access to installations, buildings, and controlled spaces. Additionally, the CAC will provide authenticated and authorized access to military computer networks and systems.

More than one million cards have been issued to date, with distribution expected to exceed four million in the next two years.

The DoD has stated that it plans to continue to test and evaluate solutions that will culminate in a full biometric roll-out on the CAC.

Northrop Grumman IT is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients.

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