In The Boardroom With...

Mr. Guy Swope
Senior Biometrics Architect
Thank you for joining us today, Guy. Please give us an overview of your background and your role at Raytheon.

Guy Swope: I've been working at Raytheon for over 15 years as a systems and software engineer with an emphasis on software architecture and design of extremely large (1+ million lines of code, 100+ COTS) software intensive systems. In the past four years, I've focused on biometrics and RFID technologies and how they relate to Border Management and other government programs that need to control physical and logical access. I'm currently the lead biometrics architect for a large Department of Homeland Security program, and in the recent past I've lead and managed the development of large RFID systems, and managed up to 100 software engineers on other large complex programs. I've also helped lead and manage a number of Raytheon R&D initiatives. What are the key market drivers for the Secure ID market at this time?

Guy Swope: It probably goes without saying that the major market drivers are the need for security in this post 9/11 world and I consider the government deployments as the major driver of the Secure ID market. The U.S. and other foreign governments have taken great strides in the past five years by looking to new technologies such as biometrics and RFID to help identity potential threats, and they are running significant number of programs aimed at identifying individuals. Within the US examples include HSDP-12 and the Personal Identification Verification (PIV) effort which affects every government agency, the Department of State's use of electronic passports, and a slew of DHS programs that screen travelers crossing our nation?s borders, provide transportation worker security, and increase screening of individuals traveling within our airports. Outside the U.S. programs like the United Kingdom's e-Borders program and the European Union's Visa Information System (VIS) are driving secure identification and the use of biometrics overseas. Please give us an overview of Raytheon?s activities in the Government ID market?

Guy Swope: Raytheon has led and managed a number of Government ID activities. One of our biggest areas of focus is extremely large Identity Management Systems. As a company, we pride ourselves on tackling hard to solve problems. You may have heard the classic mantra of human Identification whereby we identify individuals based on one or more of three things, what the person knows (e.g., a password), what the person has (e.g., a credential), and who the person is (e.g., a biometric). As more government programs start using biometrics and advanced credentials to identify individuals, secure databases that store credentialing and biometric information will grow extremely large. Within 2007, some programs will be securely storing hundreds of millions of biometric records. The ability to search those databases to ensure an individual is unique using biometrics within a timely manner becomes a difficult technical challenge. We are looking at system architectures that can address those challenges. Any success stories in the enterprise market you'd like to talk about?

Guy Swope: In the foreseeable future we see biometrics and RFID as cornerstone technologies for identifying individuals. Raytheon is looking at new methods for combining those technologies. To that end, we've developed a prototype that combines long range RFID and fingerprint biometrics. The RFID technology used is the same being proposed for the new DoS Western Hemisphere Travel initiative (WHTI) PASS card. DoS recently issued an RFI outlining the use of that RFID technology. Raytheon sees the PASS card evolving to include a fingerprint sensor that allows high speed, remote biometric authentication. We've now demonstrated it's technically feasible to biometrically verify an individual traveling in a car at 60 mph, something that many believe to be improbable using today's technology. Yet, we've done it. Like I said, we like to tackle the tough problems. We understand that you will be speaking at the Advanced Identification Systems Conference in December. May we have an overview of your key issues and trends you?ll be addressing?

Guy Swope: As I mentioned previously, one of the areas Raytheon has focused on is extremely large identity management systems that use biometric and RFID technologies. During the Advanced Identification Systems conference, I'll be outlining a standard Identity Management system architecture, and methods for designing a system that can support identification through large scale biometric databases. My talk is based on lessons we've learned in helping DHS and classified customers develop these systems. Thanks again for joining us. Are there any other subjects you'd like to discuss?

Guy Swope: Biometrics technologies have evolved significantly since 9/11 and there are many successful deployment stories. It is important for system integrators and builders to understand the business objectives and then wisely choose the specific technologies that best meet those objectives. One key trait of a successful project is how well the right technologies are chosen. Besides tackling the tough problems, one of Raytheon's strengths is performing technology evaluations and then designing them into a much larger, complex system. I've had the privilege of leading a number of biometric and RFID trade studies, R&D, and market evaluations for a variety of customers, and its one of most enjoyable parts of my job. By understanding current technology's strengths and weaknesses, I feel I can go home each day feeling that I made an impact on programs that affect our nation's security.