The European Commission Directorate General for Home Affairs has selected Morpho (Safran) and HP to maintain the European Union Visa Information System (VIS) and Biometric Matching Systems (BMS).
The project will support the exchange of visa data across border management authorities by ensuring the processing capacity of the system and the availability of high levels of search and matching capabilities required for visa applications.
The VIS system went live, on schedule, in October 2011 and has since experienced increased usage by consulates in non-EU countries and external border crossing points of Schengen states.
"Accenture has in-depth experience working with border agencies around the world in helping them meet the challenges of managing the growing numbers of travellers and increased visa application complexity," said Mark Crego who leads Accenture's global Border and Identity Management business.
Accenture and Morpho (as the Bridge Consortium) have worked with the European Commission since 2007 on the development and support of the biometric matching engine of the VIS.
HP has worked with the European Commission since 2005, deploying the HP Converged Infrastructure solution and associated technology services for the VIS as well as the archiving and back-up solution.
Under the new contract, there is the potential for additional HP network support with associated consulting and IT support services.
"Border security and citizen protection is becoming increasingly important," stated Peter Ryan, senior vice president and managing director, HP EMEA.
VIS is at the core of the visa application process to the Schengen area and enables Schengen States to store and exchange alphanumeric and biometric data relating to visa applications of third-country citizens.
As a subcomponent of VIS, a Biometric Matching System (BMS) enables the accurate identification of visa applicants through matching biometric data, such as fingerprints, to identities to establish and verify visa applications. (ANI)