Higgins & Associates, International (HAI) is a small-by-design biometric consultancy based in Washington, DC. HAI uses the Service Mark: Higgins-Biometrics.
Since HAI was started in 1995 we have supported many government agencies at the federal (US, Canada, and the UK), state, as well as county level in biometric acquisition activities. For instance, US DoD clients have hired us to assist in procurement, installation, and testing of automated biometric identification systems (ABIS) for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In addition we have actively participated in NIST standards workshops and symposia and lectured at numerous conferences and universities – on a pro-bono basis.
We help government agencies successfully acquire the most appropriate biometric systems with a focus on large-scale biometric and forensic identity systems as well as related identity management systems. We support governments and their contractors in standards development and operational concept development.
Our experiences are in all life-cycle phases of AFIS, ABIS, livescan fingerprint, and other biometric collection kit (fixed, portable, and mobile) acquisitions. We are currently engaged in work on speaker recognition standards and operational concepts for a US federal client.
Additionally, from time to time, we have supported law firms in patent infringement / intellectual property research, source selection decision analysis for possible protests, and other biometric and acquisition issues.