2021 BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY RALLY

The 2021 Biometric Technology Rally will demonstrate the ability of biometric systems to reliably acquire and match images of diverse individuals, including those wearing face masks. The intent is to reduce the risk for both the public and frontline security checkpoint personnel by eliminating the need for travelers to remove face masks for biometric identification. Both acquisition systems and matching algorithms will be evaluated as part of the Rally. Data collected from acquisition systems during scenario testing will be used to assess the performance and interoperability with matching algorithms. The 2021 Rally will, for the first time, report on the ability of commercial biometric systems to work reliably for across demographic groups.

HOW TO APPLY

Application package requirements are detailed in the 2021 Rally Technical Webinar Slides.

Once your application package is ready, click ‘Submit Application’ below to initialize your application package e-mail. Please ensure to attach the following to your application e-mail:

  • A whitepaper (5 pages or less, pdf format)​
  • A video (2 minutes or less, < 10 MB)​

The submission period for the 2021 Rally is now closed. For additional information, please contact: peoplescreening@hq.dhs.gov

TIMELINE

System Installation at the MdTF
09/27/2021
In Person VIP Day
09/28/2021
Start of Rally Testing
09/29/2021
  • May 2021

  • May 19, 2021

    Call for Participation

    DHS S&T announces the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally and calls on industry to apply to participate.

  • June 2021

  • June 9, 2021

    Pre-Submission Webinar

    DHS S&T hosts a webinar and Q&A session presenting technical information and detailed application instructions for the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally.

  • July 2021

  • July 15, 2021

    Application Deadline

    Last day to submit an application package for the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally.

  • July 30, 2021

    Conditional Acceptance

    DHS S&T notifies applicants of conditional acceptance to participate.

  • August 2021

  • August 5, 2021

    Post-Conditional Acceptance Webinar

    DHS S&T hosts a webinar and Q&A session to present the technical requirements for final acceptance, logistical considerations, and details for participation in the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally.

  • August 16, 2021

    Cloud API Finalized

    The final version of the API, incorporating comments and bug fixes, will be released to acquisition system providers and matching system providers.

  • September 2021

  • September 3, 2021

    Acceptance Requirements Due

    All requirements for final acceptance are completed by biometric technology providers.

  • September 7, 2021

    Final Acceptance, CRADA Complete

    DHS S&T sends final approval notification and finalized CRADAs to biometric technology providers.

  • September 27, 2021

    System Installation at the MdTF

    Acquisition System Providers install their systems at the MdTF for the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally.

  • September 28, 2021

    In Person VIP Day

    Acquisition system providers have the opportunity to demonstrate their systems to VIPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    Start of Rally Testing

    The 2021 Biometric Technology Rally testing starts at the MdTF. Testing continues from September 29 to October 14.

+ Full Schedule

RESOURCES

Complete informational webinar slides and other materials are available below.

Technical Webinar
- 6/9/2021:
[slides]
Post Conditional Acceptance Webinar
- 8/5/2021:
[slides]

QUESTIONS

For additional information, please contact:
peoplescreening@hq.dhs.gov

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