Saudi Aramco deploys US$1 million biometric system

Aramco, one the world's largest oil companies has awarded Identix, a contract worth more than US$1 million to provide a multi-biometrics security scan system for Aramco's 54,000 employees.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  November 2, 2003

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco), one the world's largest oil producing companies has awarded Identix, a leading multi-biometrics security technology company, a purchase order to provide fingerprint biometric live scan systems to assist Aramco in providing employee identity management solutions for its more than 54,000 employees worldwide.

Under the terms of this purchase order, which is valued in excess of US$1 million, Identix will provide multiple Identix TouchPrint 3500 live scan systems to the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new cutting edge biometric system to be deployed across Aramco's global locations would facilitate employee enrollment via fingerprint biometrics and provide privileges and benefits based on absolute identification that cannot be duplicated, lost or stolen.

"The contract from Aramco provides a high profile illustration of how biometrics can provide a safer and more secure work environment for both public and private enterprises, wherever located. Our TP3000 product line fits well with Aramco's needs to operate in harsh environmental climates. The scanner is totally sealed and our patented moisture discrimination optics enable high quality image capture while ignoring sweaty or wet fingers," says Dr. Joseph J. Atick, president and CEO of Identix.

"We also see this purchase order award as a great win for Identix in the Middle East, as it validates our commitment to that important and dynamic region," adds Atick. The company is currently targeting government related identity programs in the Middle East.

Identix' TouchPrint 3000 Series use advanced optical and lighting schemes like it's patented moisture discriminating optics, dual beam illumination and clear trace imaging which live scan systems to ignore moisture, dirt, residue and latent prints left behind on the plate. The product line also includes a full hand scanner, able to capture an image from the carpal crease to the fingertips in one continuous scan.

The Aramco Identity Management System (AIMS) will enable fingerprints enrolled via Identix TouchPrint live scan systems that are initially used for background checks, to be used in the future for biometric-based employee ID cards, as well as for physical and logical access. Expanded use of biometric fingerprint data with only one enrollment can help to reduce loop-holes in security, which sometimes develops in fragmented security systems where individuals are asked to enroll multiple times.

AIMS will utilize the backend software storage and search capabilities from Germany-based Dermalog's Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the entire system will be integrated and maintained by Damam, Saudi Arabia-based Ultra Computer Services.

Identix expects to begin shipping the live scan systems in November 2003 and to have all ordered systems installed by the end of March 2004.

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