EMM, Biometrics Collaborate For Federal Security

Just two days after the first-ever American Technology Council meeting at the White House, pulling in CEOs from Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and others, two solution providers have announced a partnership to help enhance security measures for field workers in the United States government.

DMI, which specializes in end-to-end mobility solutions, announced it was partnering with NEC Corporation of America to utilize the latter’s biometric and advanced recognition technology. The new offerings are aimed to address public safety, national security, and federal civilian technology priorities within the U.S government, the companies said in a joint statement.

“Government agencies are focused more than ever on public safety and protecting U.S. assets,” said Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, in a statement. “In today’s connected world, technology serves as a first line of defense to keep out malicious actions by identifying and mitigating suspicious individuals and activity before they become a threat.”

The collaboration will bring about secure, mobile access to fingerprint, iris and facial recognition technologies for first responders, law enforcement and military teams deployed to high-urgency situations; biometric-enhanced access; and high-speed communications with the ability to spin up communications and share streaming data including videos and biometrics.

Mobile security enhancements are part of a broader scope of government technology changes sought by President Donald Trump and his administration. In an hours-long event that included roundtable discussions and breakout sessions, Trump asked the tech company heads for assistance in bringing the federal government’s IT and security standing out of its current legacy standing and into the modern age.

Opening the event, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, addressed the audience and press, explaining the federal government currently operates 6,100 data centers across the country, the “vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the cloud.” He went on to explain that the Department of Defense is still using eight-inch floppy disks and the Department of Veterans Affairs online forms are mostly inaccessible to modern Internet browsers.

By a conservative estimate, Kushner said, the government is spending $80 billion annually on its IT infrastructure; two-thirds of which is being spent on maintaining legacy systems – an “unsustainable” figure, the adviser said.

Mobile security will be the focus of Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s Security East event in Miami this October 10 and 11. The two-day, agenda-focused meeting will include speakers and attendees from higher education, government, financial services, and logistics industries, among others in a closed-door setting with the opportunity to network and benchmark with industry leaders. Onsite solution providers will also be in attendance to learn from end users and share information about their products.

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