MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), announced the launch of Morpho Cloud, a secure and flexible multi-biometric identification-as-a-service solution, at the Florida International Association for Identification (FDIAI) 56th annual Educational Training Conference. The conference took place in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 18 - 22, 2015.
Morpho worked with Microsoft Corporation to develop a cloud service for Morpho's flagship Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS). Morpho Cloud is hosted on Microsoft Azure Government, the cloud platform with a contractual commitment to support several U.S. government standards for data security, including the FBI's CJIS Security Policy. Backed by the Microsoft Azure Government platform, Morpho Cloud complies with the stringent security standards for storage, transmission, monitoring, and recovery of digital information.
Data Security and Integrity
In the further interest of security, Morpho Cloud is hosted in the U.S., and operated by U.S. persons with the appropriate level of clearance. To protect the integrity of the data, it is stored in regional geo-redundant data centers, located at least 500 miles apart. These paired data centers ensure that in the event of a technical failure or a natural disaster in one region, a second regional data center takes control of the system with no interruption of service or loss of data. This combination of security and integrity guarantees high availability of the system's data.
"The Morpho Cloud platform provides mission critical multi-biometric identification services scaled to address the operational needs of our customers," noted Steve Vinsik, Vice President, MorphoTrak. "Working with Microsoft enables us to leverage the power of the Azure platform to provide the flexibility, manageability, and security that our customers demand."
Safeguarding Biometric Identification Solutions
To address the broadest range of customers' needs, Morpho brings the full spectrum of its technologies to the cloud, starting now with friction ridge biometrics, facial biometrics, and iris recognition. Morpho Cloud leverages the flexibility of Microsoft Azure Government to provide customers with an AFIS that is evergreen -- always functioning at the peak of AFIS technology -- and to build new services such as Cloud Disaster Recovery for existing on-premises AFIS customers.
Richard Zak, Director of Justice & Public Safety Solutions for Microsoft's U.S. State & Local Government organization, commented, "Microsoft Azure Government was developed to help protect and preserve sensitive government data and citizen privacy. Morpho's federal government and state and local law enforcement customers can be confident in choosing Morpho Cloud to safeguard the function and content of their biometric identification solutions."