Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,000,000)
West Virginia University (WVU) will continue to stand up the Transition Readiness Assessment Center (TRAC). TRAC leverages, expands and seeks to institutionalize the successful pathways and relationships to enhance the transition of technology created by the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) into biometric and identity management systems that serve the needs of law enforcement and the nation.
Identification Technology, and specifically rapid automated human biometric recognition, is a critical tool of the private and government sector to enhance cybersecurity, manage identities in a global environment, and improve law enforcement, homeland defense and security. This combination of factors has created a compelling requirement for seamless collaboration across academe, government, and industry to cooperate throughout the discovery and innovation cycle to facilitate transition of biometrics technology.
TRAC will serve the needs of NIJ and its collaborating government agencies and supporting industry in improving effective transition of the CITeRs identification technology research into industry and government systems. The model for achievement of this goal is based on direct involvement of scientists from academe, government, and industry early in the discovery and innovation cycle in order to assess the transition readiness of selected technologies whose concepts have been proven through initial CITeR project results.