Aware to Highlight New 'Biometric Workflow Platform' Product at Two Industry Events


BEDFORD, Mass., April 10 // -- Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE), a global provider of imaging and biometrics software, today announced the demonstration of a comprehensive suite of biometrics software tools at the 6th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference 2007 and the i-Pira Biometrics Seminar Series, both taking place this week in Washington, DC. At the events, Aware will be highlighting its new service-oriented Biometric Workflow Platform(TM) (BWP(TM)) server product. Aware will also demonstrate its PIVSuite(TM) biometrics software product suite, which provides developers and integrators with key biometric functionality required for PIV compliance.

PIVSuite enables 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. Together, BWP and PIVSuite can be used to build custom solutions for collection, processing, and management of biometric data and its subsequent transport between multiple destinations, fulfilling a broad range of requirements for PIV registration, identity proofing, ID personalization, and access control in full compliance with FIPS 201 standards. With the introduction of BWP, Aware continues to maintain its focus on providing leading-edge biometrics software designed specifically for use by product providers and system integrators towards development and deployment of customized, differentiated solutions.

David Benini, Aware's director of product marketing, will be speaking at the i-Pira biometric seminar series on the "Middleware" panel on Friday, where he will present case studies of Aware's BWP biometric middleware deployments in federal PIV systems.

About BWP

Aware's BWP is a modular, flexible, server-based software platform that enables developers and integrators to rapidly build and deploy multimodal biometric data workflow solutions in support of a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

BWP facilitates automation by using biometric and biographic data to drive related business processes. It is ideally suited for applications that require the collection of biometrics throughout a distributed network, and subsequent aggregation, analysis, processing, and integration of this data with other enterprise solutions. Examples include the use of remote enrollment workstations to capture biometric data and submit it to a central database, IDMS, CMS, or a biometric identification system. BWP can manage all aspects of the transaction workflow, including messaging, submissions, responses, and logging.

More information about BWP is available at http://aware.com/bwp.

About PIVSuite

PIVSuite is a family of biometric software components available for integrators to develop FIPS 201-compliant enrollment, card personalization, and biometric identity verification solutions. PIVSuite provides important biometric functionality required for FIPS 201 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 formatting and reading.

PIVSuite is GSA-approved for nine different fingerprint capture station product configurations. Three configurations include PIVSuite software paired with consumer-grade flatbed scanners for fingerprint card scan applications; six configurations combine PIVSuite with two live scan devices from each of three suppliers. Aware's PreFace(TM)/PIVPack(TM), a component of PIVSuite, is the first and currently the only approved solution in the Facial Image Capture Middleware category. Another component of PIVSuite, Aware XM(TM) "extract and match" software, is approved in both the Template Generator and Template Matcher categories. Aware XM provides ANSI/INCITS 378-compliant, MINEX- certified fingerprint minutiae template generation and matching for 1:1 biometric verification applications. In addition, PIVSuite includes Aware's NISTPack(TM) for fingerprint background check submissions, FastCapture(TM) for real-time tenprint autocapture, and AccuScan(TM) for fingerprint card scan. Each component of the PIVSuite can be licensed and integrated individually.

About PIV and the new government employee and contractor 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 is a veteran of the biometrics industry, providing biometric and imaging software components used in government systems worldwide since 1992. Aware's interoperable, standard-compliant, field-proven imaging products are used in a number of applications, from border management to criminal justice to medical imaging. Aware is also a leading technology supplier for the telecommunications industries. For more than ten years, Aware has pioneered innovations at telecommunications standards-setting organizations and continues to develop and market DSL silicon intellectual property and test and diagnostics products. Its StratiPHY(TM) IP product line supports DSL standards, including ADSL2+ and VDSL2, and has been broadly licensed to leading semiconductor companies. Telecom equipment vendors and phone companies use Aware's DSL test and diagnostics modules and Dr. DSL(R) software to help provision DSL circuits globally. Aware is a publicly held company (NASDAQ:AWRE) based in Bedford, Massachusetts. http://www.aware.com/

Aware, Biometric Workflow Platform, BWP, PIVSuite, Aware XM, NISTPack, FastCapture, AccuScan, PreFace, PIVPack, StratiPHY, and Dr. DSL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aware, Inc. Any other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Source: Aware, Inc.

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

Web site: http://www.aware.com/

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