The United Nations Somalia Mine Action (UNSOMA) has been managed by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) since 2009. In early 2010 UNSOMA, working collaboratively with Explosive Management Support to AMISOM (EMSA), approached HRS to deliver a turnkey solution that would capture and manage live and forensic biometric and DNA physiological characteristics of individuals to:

  • Make payments, manage medical records and training competencies / certifications
  • Identify criminals or suspects by collaborating with external cooperating agencies

In addition HRS were asked to deliver services related to enrolment and training and consumables for Live DNA capture and forensic latent image lifting. UNSOMA identified 6 key phases:

  • Phase 1 - Delivery of mobile, portable and static capability to enrol and identify personnel involved in the conduct of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and to manage payments, medical records and training competencies / certifications.
  • Phase 2 - Provide biometric enrolment and identification services for key facilities and enhanced camp security and facilitation of Police stipend payments.
  • Phase 3 - In July 2012, Somalia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA), met for nine days to review and vote on a draft Provisional Constitution that will serve as Somalia’s legal framework until future adoption of a permanent constitution by national referendum. MForce was configured and utilised to manage secure access to the assembly using identity cards and biometric identification.
  • Phase 4 - Extension to the original usage of the system add significant operational benefits for the Somalia Police Force and Somalia National Army Force by providing a secure biometric ID card which cannot be copied.
  • Phase 5 - In July 2014 MForce was delivered as part of a new mission to provide biometric services to Puntland Police Force.
  • Phase 6 - In December 2014 33 new MForce jump kits were developed and delivered to enhance the existing system with additional functionality specific to biometric stipend verfication and electronic payment processing
  • Phase 7 – Between October 2014 and January 2016 MForce version 5 was delivered as a full upgrade to both server and clients. This enterprise upgrade included secure database partitioning, automatic update facility, vastly improved sync and de-duplication process, improved web based dashboards for reporting and management information, revised payment types with ability to capture financial details and updated identity card designs.

The challenge

How to deal with:

  • Changing nature of missions
  • Remote locations
  • Limited access to power supplies
  • Ensuring solution was easy to use
  • Provision of pre-mission training and on-ground support

The Solution

MForce was developed in-house by HRS to meet the evolving nature of requirements of the United Nations mission in Somalia. The modular nature of the HRS software application allows us to continue to tailor the solution at a detailed level to UNSOMA requirements now and as they evolve in the future.

MForce’s multi-modal biometric platform means that UNSOMA are not limited to one form of biometric and the fact that it can be deployed through fixed, portable and mobile devices allows UNSOMA to positively identify people in remote, expansive or hostile environments.

The total solution had to encompass mobile, portable and static deployments and manage Iris, face, finger, latent, DNA and biographic data collection as well as a stipend payment manager. This complex biometric identity management requirement needed to be an enterprise solution but one that could be delivered, setup and deployed in remote locations in minutes.

The Result

  • Successful delivery of MForce capability into multiple distinct missions in Somalia for the United Nations.
  • Enhanced security for the Mine Action programme, the constituent assembly and for the Somalia Police and Armed forces.
  • Biometric verification for stipend payments with all payments managed electronically
  • Following this initial delivery HRS have been tasked with delivering key Identity Assured Management solutions using the same turnkey solution across a range of missions and through the six phases of UNSOMA’s mission.

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