Massachusetts-based biometrics firm Aware on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $272,000.The software provider posted revenue of $4.1 million in the period, a decrease of 38% compared to $6.6 million in the same quarter last year. Net income in the first quarter of 2015 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, which compared to $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.Aware wrote in a statement that the lower revenue and net income in the first quarter of this year versus last year were primarily due to $2.6 million drop in hardware revenue and, to a lesser degree, lower DSL royalties. Revenue from software licenses, software maintenance and services increased 10% over the first quarter of last year.Rick Moberg, Aware's co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer, said, “Over the past two quarters our financial results have been affected by lower revenue from a large government contract that has been winding down. We have been working on replacing revenue from that contract with new sources of revenue from government and commercial customers. For example, approximately 23% of first quarter revenue was derived from two biometrics projects with commercial customers. These projects in particular and commercial biometrics markets in general represent potential areas of growth for us. It is too early to predict the longer term trajectory of these opportunities, but we are optimistic they may develop into meaningful sources of revenue”.He added: “We would like to remind shareholders that our quarterly revenue fluctuates based on project wins and the timing of delivery of licenses and services for those projects.”