Defense Digital Service Delivers Biometric Prototype to Army

Partnering with Service Members to Drive Innovation

WASHINGTON — July 21, 2020 — The Defense Digital Service (DDS) has produced a prototype that will provide service members at the tactical edge with an app that will allow them to use biometric technology to quickly identify friends and potential foes. The prototype, known as the Basic Optical Biometric Analysis (BOBA), upgrades the current biometric technology in use today to verify the identity of partner forces and supporting civilian personnel from the local area.

The BOBA prototype is an app designed for lightweight, portable devices such as cellphones for enhanced portability and accessibility. BOBA features a streamlined biometric enrollment experience, with new enrollments/entries or uploads being nearly immediately available across all networked BOBA devices, giving troops more biometric information in minutes. BOBA also includes a customizable, in-app onboarding tutorial video, allowing for troops to get started immediately.

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