According to an item in “Government Computer News”, the United States Army is developing a major biometrics depository – including voice. The biometrics information is captured from all foreign nationals, including local nationals and third-country nationals, who are eligible to access bases in areas of conflict.
The article describes the process as follows: “It starts with the person’s employer filling out a paper application, knowing what privileges they should have and whether they should be escorted or not. That goes into an automated system along with the person’s biometric information and gets vetted against databases in West Virginia, which includes the FBI database. So then that information — hit [or] no hit — gets fed back to somebody at the local base, because every local commander gets to decide who can or can’t come on his base. And based on that information, whether it’s innocuous or whether they think it shows a threat, as well as other sources of information, they make a decision whether to allow that person on base. If they say “yes,” then the person is badged with a card that looks a lot like a Common Access Card.”
When the person arrives at the base, their card is first checked to ensure validity. Their biometrics (sample) are then compared against the biometrics (base) stored on the card to ensure that the person is who they claim to be.
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