The Department of Homeland Security has issued an information request from potential suppliers that could win a contract to bring biometric administration to the cloud.

The request will explore development and management tools for a cloud-based biometric database that enables proficiency in biometric administration and data collection.

Biometric technology continues to be a component of ensuring future security, safety and a positive customer experience for travel and the aviation industry. The potential contract signals a more permanent move to cloud systems after two departments of the DHS –¬† Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection – temporarily trialled the cloud-based Traveler Verification Service, comparing cloud held passport photos of passengers against live images.

One of the reasons for cloud-based management tools is to “mitigate and resolve identified issues in the current usage of multiple uncoordinated tools for managing requirements” and enable the DHS to its fulfil duties in sharing passenger biometric data with other agencies.