InCadence Awarded 1O-Year Contract for Ares Mobile Biometric System

Aug. 10, 2021

The Department of State Office of Acquisition Management has awarded InCadence Strategic Solutions, an Xator Company, a 10-year, $46.8 million contract in support of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (DS/EX/CTO). This award will provide technical advice, application development, installation, modernization, and operational support for the implementation of the Diplomatic Security Identity Assurance System (DSIAS) and the Ares mobile biometric system.

“This award continues Xator’s support to DS/EX/CTO with world-class identity assurance capabilities,” says Tom Heasley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Xator’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Solutions Business Unit. “We are proud to have the opportunity to provide an award-winning technical solution that supports DS and its mission. It is a testament to our dedication and commitment to providing the best capability for our customers while strengthening national security.” DSIAS and Ares perform multimodal biometric enrollment of subjects into an identity assurance architecture including fingerprint, and iris collected to U.S. government standards. Together, these two subsystems form a robust system that can be deployed to a large environment using network capability. The data is collected and archived to support diplomatic security, high threat posts, counterterrorism and counterintelligence, and domestic field operations worldwide.

The identity assurance program makes it possible to compare biometric identity data, collected by multiple posts in an enterprise architecture, to a repository hosted by the Department of State. Once collected, the data can be matched against previous Department of State encounters of an individual, and the biometrics and watch lists of all other major federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. Within minutes of the DSIAS installation and connection at a new post, an enrollment form can be submitted and matched against hundreds of millions of biometric records held by federal agencies, returning responses to Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents serving as Regional Security Officers in every U.S. embassy who aid in the vetting process.

InCadence, an Xator Company, provides cutting-edge technical solutions for government, and commercial clients in the areas of Biometrics and Identity Management, Data Solutions, Cybersecurity, AI/ML, and advance modeling for weather and CBRN events. Recognized as a top government contractor, innovator, and best place to work, InCadence provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information. For more information, visit