US Army to task Novetta subsidiary with active authentication R&D
21 November 2014 11:41 GMT

DARPA's active authentication program aims to develop novel behavioral- and cognitive-based biometric modalities

The Mission and Installation Contracting Command at West Point has revealed that it intends to award a contract to IBG, a Novetta Solutions Company, for the development of a biometric authentication system based on so-called “active authentication” research.

The contract includes research and development of a Biometrics Application Program Interface (API) consisting of a “secure container for behavioral/cognitive-based and traditional biometric sensors and analysis engine applications”.

IBG is an identity intelligence consulting firm providing research, engineering, and expertise on biometrics and identity management. Novetta acquired the firm in September 2012.

In addition, the contract will task the company with developing cryptographic algorithms and protocols using biometric features to support the ability to transmit and receive data.

“This effort will include technical subject matter expertise support for emerging behavioral based biometric capabilities and platforms … [and] data collection support for specific biometric sensors that are part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) “.

All work shall be completed by 31 July 2015, according to the notice.

The DARPA AA Program aims to develop novel behavioral- and cognitive-based biometric modalities that can validate users’ identities on a continuous basis, which can be integrated into a new authentication platform for use in large-scale environments.