Viisage wins DOD smart-card order

Viisage has won a $1.7 million order from Telos Corp. to continue supporting the Defense Department's smart-card program, the company announced today.

Under the order, Viisage of Billerica, Mass., will assist Telos Corp. of Ashburn, Va., in providing additional products and services for producing secure identification cards. The cards are part of the agency's Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System.

Telos is one of the major contractors to the Defense Manpower Data Center, which is the Defense Department organization responsible for the Common Access Card program launched in 2004.

With more than 4.4 million cards in circulation, the Common Access Card program maintains critical identity information to grant people various privileges. Military, civilian and contractor employees use the cards to gain access to secure areas as well as to the department's computerized public key infrastructure.

Viisage makes identity solutions and has more than 125 employees. It has annual sales of $67.5 million, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, Texas.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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