The US Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking industry input on current and near future technologies to store, match, and analyze biometric data.Specifically, OBIM says it is seeking pre-existing, off-the-shelf applications capable of business process and transaction management, biometric matcher middleware and multi-modal biometric fusion, among other capabilities.”OBIM has conducted an analysis of alternatives and has determined that its optimum course of action is to develop a new biometric system to replace the existing IDENT system.”It has determined that the new system should exhibit a service oriented architecture (SOA) with functionality implemented as web services, include a web interface for human-computer interactions, and maintain a database structured around individual personal identities”.In February, the DHS noted in a a fiscal year 2016 Budget Request that it was seeking $65.8 million for the first phase of development of a new biometric verification system.DHS wrote that the funds are for the National Protection and Programs Directorate Replacement Biometric System, which will replace the Automated Biometric Identification System, known as IDENT.The funds will support the Office of Biometric Identity Management for an initial increment of a four-increment phased approach to replacing the legacy IDENT system. The department wrote that in addition to reduced operating costs, that the new system will have improved detection capabilities, more efficient processing, and improved scalability.Currently, the 20-year-old system is currently dealing with 300,000 transactions a day (hitting a database of 173 million unique identities) in comparison to 220,000 (hitting a database of 150 million unique identities) a year ago. According to the budget doc, OBIM's Biometric Support Center also “processed more than 631,000 10-Print verifications and completed over 239,000 urgent fingerprint verifications during FY 2014”. Full information on the Biometric Matching System Technologies can be found here. All capability statements for this week's RFI must be filed by May 15, 2015