A new software has been developed to allow the US Army to upgrade its 20-year-old biometric processing capabilities.

The improved biometrics tool has been developed by Army Futures Command’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center.

Delivered to Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), the new software will allow soldiers to identify persons at critical checkpoints abroad in real-time.

The handheld device is called Biometrics Automated Toolset-Army (BAT-A). It will help deployed soldiers in collecting, processing and referring biometric identity information during force protection screenings.

The device can accommodate biometric information, including the iris, fingerprint and facial images.

PEO IEW&S Project Manager Department of Defense (DoD) Biometrics product lead for the Biometrics Collection Capability Brian D Likens said: “We asked the C5ISR Center to make the database more efficient and useful for tomorrow’s soldier. To do this, they restructured the data to comply with future standards and modern architecture practices.”

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Providing access to organised and screened information improves the functionality and efficiency of US soldiers.

This will be enabled by a new database software architecture that also improves the tool’s performance.

C5ISR Center software engineer Will Daddario said: “In the past, superfluous information had the ability to make its way up and into the BAT-A database. That will not happen anymore.

“Previously, all database relationships were performed by the application. Our new database has all of these relationships built-in, so when you make a change in one area, it propagates through the whole database.”

A data conversion tool with the architecture has already been delivered while data migration and filter tools will be handed over in the fiscal year 2021.

The C5ISR Center will continue to support the Next Generation Biometric Collection Capability development.

In March 2018, the US Army, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a biometric technology centre opened in West Virginia.