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Computer Sciences lands $52 million biometrics deal

Contract with Department of Defense is part of homeland security boom.

Computer Sciences Corp. has won a $52 million contract for the evaluation, testing and support of biometric technology for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The four-year deal will see CSC provide the West Virginia-based Biometrics Fusion Center with biometric technology, the company announced on Tuesday. It will also supply application research, testing, product evaluations and technical support around iris scanning, fingerprint scanning and facial recognition.

Chris Steinbach, a vice president in CSC's global security solutions unit, said in a statement that the technology services company will help the BFC in pushing the acceptance and integration of biometrics into the "greater culture of national defense."

Defense and homeland security contracts were one of the key factors behind CSC's revenue growth for the quarter ended Oct. 1, in which sales increased 9 percent to $3.93 billion compared with the same quarter last year.

Separately, a new survey sponsored by EDS released today claims that biometrics technology is gaining more widespread public support. It found that more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers are open to the idea of using biometrics for identity management.

Andy McCue of reported from London.