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Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


The Digital Biometrics Collection and Identification Management (DBCIDM) project was stood up to address the shortfalls of the current “paper and ink” fingerprinting process and replace it with a modern digital biometrics (fingerprints and photographs) system. Recruiting centres' ability to process candidates would be greatly improved by a faster and more efficient personnel screening process. The National Defence Identification System will manage the thousands of biometric records in its DB more efficiently than with the manual paper and ink methods. Similarly personnel security clearances will be conducted faster. Lastly CAF Military Police detachments will use their LIVESCANs to conduct policing more proficiently.


There is a need to transition from a hardcopy-based Biometric (Fingerprints and photographs) Collection and Identity Management Capability to improved digital capability in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND). The RCMP has changed to a digital workflow, enabling the "real-time" identification of electronically submitted digital fingerprints. The overarching business outcome is to provide DND with more effective means to manage screening and identity management. To achieve this, there must be improved mechanisms to collect, manage, verify and lifecycle identity information. The principal business outcome is to provide CAF with biometric capabilities that will support screening, personnel security, identification and policing functions.

Preliminary Estimate

  • Under $20 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2017 Definition Approval
  • 2018 Implementation Approval
  • 2018 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2018 Contract Award
  • 2019 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Requirements
Phone: 613-995-1401

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