FBI Contracts with Unisys for Development and Deployment of Next-Generation Combined DNA Index System
Search engine tool will accelerate DNA matching process, aid in crime resolution
BLUE BELL, Pa., October 19, 2006 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has awarded the company a contract for the development and deployment of the Next-Generation Combined DNA Index System (NGCODIS). Under the contract, Unisys will provide the FBI with software development, deployment and optional operations and maintenance support.
The development contract has a two-year base period, a two-year option, and two one-year options exercisable at the sole discretion of the government. The estimated value for the two-year base period is $11 million. If all option years are exercised, the estimated value to Unisys could be $50 million. Unisys will partner with the University of Tennessee, Laboratory of Information Technologies; IBM; the University of Cincinnati and iSYS LLC to provide the NGCODIS solution for the government.
Chief among the benefits of the NGCODIS solution to the FBI are scalability and flexibility to meet the increased demand for DNA matching and associated technologies. In addition, the Unisys solution will employ a highly sophisticated search engine technology that will greatly accelerate the DNA matching process and will be adaptable in accordance with recent legislation changes with regard to DNA sampling.
NGCODIS also supports the mission of solving missing person cases by providing an advanced analysis algorithm that accurately ranks matches between unidentified human remains to biological relatives.
The FBI laboratory’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) is a mission-critical program that allows federal, state and local labs to share and compare DNA profiles, enabling the national and international linkage of convicted offenders to violent crimes.
“We look forward to helping the FBI take CODIS to the next level by integrating technology that will enable quicker resolution of crimes and apprehension of criminals via secure information sharing. The DOJ and FBI clearly recognize the advantages of making security a catalyst for crime solving,” said Ted Davies, managing partner, civilian agencies, Unisys Federal Systems.
Presently, there are 178 national DNA index system participating labs (126 local and 52 state systems) that include the FBI, the U.S. Army and Puerto Rico. This database contains approximately 3.7 million offender profiles and 150,000 forensic profiles. Through August 2006, CODIS has aided 38,295 investigations in 49 states and two federal laboratories.
Unisys NGCODIS solution will be deployed to all U.S. labs and to crime labs in 26 countries. The international systems represent each country’s national forensic DNA database and do not communicate with each other or with the U.S. systems. NGCODIS will support the FBI enterprise architecture initiatives by promoting secure information sharing among FBI CODIS crime labs.
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Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. This is a cost reimbursement contract with both fixed fee and incentive fee portions. Statements in this release regarding the estimated value of the contract are predicated on the assumptions that the actual costs of performance will be consistent with the currently estimated costs and that the government will exercise all of the option years, which is entirely within the government’s discretion. Further, because contracts with government agencies are terminable before the end of their terms and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds, the estimated values in this release are not guaranteed. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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