The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is searching for companies to fill a new biometrics advisory panel, which will replace the current panel when its tenure expires in March.
The scope of the new panel will be "expanded to include additional biometrics such as voice", according to the tender document.
Tenderers must have expertise in facial, fingerprint, iris or voice biometrics, or in signature-reading technology, the document says.
They must also be able to provide equipment such as fingerprint scanners, iris scanners, and voice acquisition devices.
The previous panel was accessed by many Commonwealth and State government agencies in addition to those responsible for travel documents, according to the tender document.
The existing facial recognition system was introduced in a bid to reduce identity fraud and contains images dating as far back as 1999.
DFAT digitises the photo supplied with a passport application, storing one copy in a computer chip in the passport and another in a massive Australian passport database.
Biometric technology can then digitally compare the images to ensure they are of the same person, and ensure people do not apply for travel documents using another person's name.
news.com.au 25 Nov 2013
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