Aware to Demonstrate New Biometrics Software for PIV Federal Employee ID Systems


A comprehensive suite of software tools provides developers with key biometric functionality for enrollment, background check, fingerprint template extract and match, and ID personalization

BEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 19 -- Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE), a leading innovator of biometrics software, broadband silicon intellectual property, and DSL test and diagnostics technology, today announced the demonstration of its comprehensive suite of biometrics software tools in its booth (#400) at the 2006 Biometrics Technology Expo, taking place in conjunction with the Biometrics Consortium Conference from September 19th through 21st in Baltimore. Aware is introducing several new products at the event, including PIVSuite(TM), a family of software development kits for developers and integrators to design Personal Identity Verification (PIV) enrollment and card personalization solutions. PIVSuite provides key biometric functionality required for standards compliance, including automated biometric facial and fingerprint image capture, image and data compliance assurance, fingerprint template generation and matching, fingerprint background checking, and ID card file formatting and reading.

Also new is Aware's Biometric Workflow Platform (BWP), a server application enabling an advanced enrollment workstation network. The BWP enables reliable collection, transport, and management of enrollment data and its submission to multiple destinations, such as for background checking, card personalization, and storage. Together, Aware's PIVSuite and BWP fulfill a broad range of requirements for PIV registration, identity proofing, ID personalization, and access control in full compliance with FIPS 201 standards.

"Some important features of the Aware software tools are that they are available a la carte and are independent of other system components," commented David Benini, Aware's director of product marketing. "This enables a highly modular system design and helps integrators avoid reliance on monolithic, proprietary solutions."

About PIV and the New Government Employee IDs

Biometric specifications for the PIV government employee ID program were published by NIST in Special Publication 800-76. These specifications are part of a larger body of work headed by NIST to standardize biometric-enabled ID cards for all federal government employees and contractors, as specified in the new "FIPS 201: Personal Identity Verification (PIV) for Federal Employees and Contractors." This new standard is a result of Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-12 issued by President Bush in August 2004, which mandates standardization of IDs and their use for the purpose of controlling access to government facilities and information systems. More information on HSPD-12 can be found online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08/20040827-8.html.

The Aware tools are designed to assist government contractors with standards-based design requirements for the data acquired by the enrollment systems, stored on the ID cards, and read by the verification systems.

More information is available at http://aware.com/piv.

About Aware

Aware, Inc. is a veteran of the biometrics industry, providing biometrics software components to government agencies globally since 1992. Aware continues to build upon this legacy as a leading provider of innovative, standards-compliant, hardware-independent biometrics software. Among Aware's customers are vendors and integrators who use our software to enable a broad range of biometric applications, including enrollment, personalization, and ID reading for border management, e-passports, and civil/criminal fingerprint background checks. Aware is also a leader in the development and marketing of DSL intellectual property and software technology that enables broadband communications over existing telephone networks. Aware, Inc. is a publicly held company based in Bedford, Massachusetts. More information can be found at www.aware.com/.

Source: Aware, Inc.

CONTACT:
Sarah LaLiberte
Aware, Inc.
+1-781-687-0695
sarahl@aware.com

Web site: www.aware.com/

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