The Biometric Enabling Capability (BEC) consists of the Next Generation Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), also known as the DoD ABIS. This central, authoritative, multimodal biometrics data repository is the enterprise-level authoritative data source for all DoD biometrics. DoD ABIS expands capabilities with multimodal (fingerprint, palm, iris and face) storage and matching, watch list capability, and improved integration with interagency repositories. It is based on adaptations of commercial off-the-shelf products, using open architecture to minimize development and speed deployment. The system takes advantage of low-risk, cost-effective blade hardware to optimize system availability and scalability, and to ensure continuity of operations.
DoD ABIS interfaces with numerous DoD and interagency biometrics systems, including FBI Next Generation IAFIS and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), to store and match biometric data on non-U.S. persons of interest to DoD.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER
BEC is a mission-enabler for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, identity management/credentialing, detention and interception operations. The program supports overseas contingency operations, including counterintelligence; Iraqi and Afghan security force screening; detainee operations; cache and post-improvised explosive device incident exploitation; intelligence operations; presence operations; local population control; seizure operations; and base access control.