Worldwide information technology company Unisys Corporation has been selected by Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to implement its new Facial Recognition System (FRS).

The FRS will increase efficiency within the application process by automating manual operations to analyse facial biometric data and quickly identify issues associated with passport applications.

Under the terms of the five-year agreement, Unisys will provide systems integration services to implement its open standards LEIDA platform, which will manage identity verification for United Kingdom passport applicants based on their facial biometric data.

“We are excited to be chosen for this important project,” said managing director of Unisys UK, Nick Fraser. “Unisys has applied facial and other biometrics technologies to build leading-edge passport, citizen registry and land border control systems for the United States, Australia, Mexico and other countries around the world. We look forward to applying our expertise to help the UK manage the throughput of travellers.”

Unisys provides a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients, specializing in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centres, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications.