Biometric software and services provider Aware, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Maxar Techonologies’ AFIX suite of biometric products, expanding the Aware Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) product lineup.
AFIX provides turnkey face and fingerprint biometric matching and forensic analysis software to small and medium-sized law enforcement and government agencies, allowing for growth in those markets for the Aware ABIS lineup. This lineup now includes The AFIX Tracker automated fingerprint, palm print, and latent print identification solution, which is used by law enforcement agencies including sheriff’s offices in Polk County, FL., and Harrison County, MS.; and police departments in Denton, TX, and Tuscaloosa, AL.
“The AFIX team is thrilled to join Aware,” said Scott Howard, director, AFIX. “Aware’s technologies have been an integral part of AFIX biometric identification products from the beginning. Our combined experience of more than fifty years of development and delivery of industry-leading biometric identification and verification technologies provides the catalyst for both the enhancement of existing products and the creation of new solutions.”
The global biometric technology market is experiencing a period of very strong growth, spanning the past several years. Some of this growth has been fueled in recent months by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased need for remote biometric authentication solutions resulting from a surge in online traffic.
“Customers that have relied on Aware to provide the most full-featured, flexible, reliable and durable biometric security and forensic technologies on the market are asking for more choices in how the solutions are aligned to fit their individual needs,” said Robert Eckel, CEO of Aware. “Our purchase of the AFIX line of biometric solutions gives us the ability to grow and serve a much broader customer base seeking everything from small, customized solutions to enterprise implementations that can scale to millions of identities.”
This news rounds out what has been a busy start to November for Aware, with the company announcing that CEO Robert Eckel would be the latest member of the The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) Board of Directors just last week, only a few days after releasing a Q3 financial report that showed a steady recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 in the earlier part of 2020.
November 18, 2020 – by Tony Bitzionis