The U.S. State Department has chosen a system that integrates smart card technology from Datakey and biometric technology from Precise Biometrics AB, the companies announced this week.

The department selected the vendors' integrated Match-on-Card biometric authentication system for its Biometrics Logical Access Development and Execution (BLADE) project.

Datakey said it will deliver a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution to upgrade the department's existing 30,000 Smart ID badges and associated client software. The upgrade includes Datakey CIP client software and Model 330 GSC-IS compliant smart cards integrated with Precise Biometrics's Match-on-Card technology for fingerprint matching on smart cards.

Datakey said it expects the BLADE project to provide revenue in the range of $600,000 to $1 million over the next two to three years.