The US State Department has launched a request for information (RFI) to the industry seeking input on a mobile electronic biometric or biographic data collection device it wishes to develop.
In the RFI, the State Dept reveals that a data collection device on a mobile electronic platform that is capable of obtaining biometric and biographic information and communicating wirelessly through a virtual private network (VPN).
It notes that he device of interest should weigh 3 pounds or less, be tough, rugged, and durable enough to function reliably in the various outdoor environmental conditions that DS end users face, and be efficient and easy to use for the collection of biometric and biographic information in the field.
Meanwhile, devices should be able to collect biometric data from fingerprints, facial and iris images; survive multiple drops at 36 inches; feature 3G, 4G LTE and WiFi technologies; and provide battery life of eight hours or more.
RFI responses will help the department determine current technologies and market prices.
Interested vendors can submit input through March 20.