ImageWare Systems Delivers Next Generation Biometric Passport Vetting Product

    Capabilities Include Biometric Passport Applicant Vetting, Fraud
Screening and Enhanced Reporting

    SAN DIEGO, September 19 /CNW/ - ImageWare(R) Systems, Inc. (AMEX:  IW), a
leading developer of identity management solutions, today announced the
expansion of its IWS(TM) Biometric Passport product family to improve passport
applicant identity verification and further reduce the potential of identity

    "We are very excited about continuing to deliver innovative biometric
identity management solutions in support of border security initiatives," said
Jim Miller, ImageWare's chairman and CEO. "By leveraging our IWS(TM) Biometric
Engine(TM) platform, we have been able to create unique offerings to the
industry that are cost-effective and offer a wide variety of homeland security
solutions to governments worldwide. The Biometric Passport products are
utilized as the identity management layer to enhance passport integrity and
aids in the detection of passport fraud."

    ImageWare's Biometric Identity Vetting for Passports is a
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product that provides passport issuance
agencies the capabilities they need to employ a scalable solution that works
with its existing infrastructure. ImageWare's Biometric Identity Vetting for
Passports includes several features that provide enhanced identification and
verification capabilities required to support the passport application and
issuance process. Enhanced features include:

    --  Biometric and biographic enrollment, identification and verification

    --  Exhaustive facial recognition search capabilities for identification
(1:N), verification (1:1)

    --  Biometric 1:N cross referencing of multiple image populations,
including people applying for passports and people that have received a

    --  Biometric image quality enhancement & assessment to provide image
quality analysis that increases biometric enrollment and identification

    --  Multi-language support

    --  Administration functionality to easily create, customize and generate

    --  Real-time data mining

    --  The ability to integrate into existing legacy systems and expand
based upon specific governments requirements.

    About IWS Biometric Passport Product Family

    IWS Biometric Passport family is a suite of products that enable
governments issuing biometric passports or utilizing biometrics during the
enrollment, adjudication and issuance processes to vet and ensure unique
identities. The product family is based on open architecture and supports
multi-biometric identity management solutions, enabling vendor neutrality and
delivering non-refutable proof of identity. Available as Web-based products,
the IWS Biometric Passport family provides a wide range of functions that
support the passport lifecycle, including multi-biometric and biographic
enrollment (IWS(TM) Biometric Passport Enrollment), passport applicant
identity vetting (IWS Biometric Identity Vetting for Passports), biometric
identification and verification, and the support for biometric passport
issuance and management (IWS(TM) Biometric Passport Issuance). Because the
products are built on the company's award-winning IWS Biometric Engine,
governments support the entire biometric passport life-cycle - from background
checks, to the management of embedded smart chips, through the automated
identity verification and processing at border checkpoints. The IWS Biometric
Passport product family also includes the company's IWS Biometric Image
Quality Assessment & Enhancement tool (IWS Biometric IQA&E) to assess the
quality of a biometric image, and assure the image meet or exceeds the ISO
standards for face, fingerprint and iris. This is a critical tool for any
highly-secure identity management program.

    IWS Biometric IQA&E automatically provides real-time biometric image
quality analysis and feedback to improve the overall effectiveness of
biometric images thus increasing the biometric verification performance, and
maintaining database and image data integrity. IWS Biometric IQA&E provides a
complete platform that includes an image enhancement library for biometric
types including face, finger and iris.

    About IWS Biometric Engine

    The IWS Biometric Engine is a biometric identity management platform for
multi-biometric searching and matching. It's multi-biometric enrollment,
management and authentication platform allows users to biometrically search
and match populations of unlimited sizes for identity confirmation. Searches
can be 1:1 (Verification), 1:N (Identification), X:N (Investigative) and N:N
(Population Management). IWS Biometric Engine is technology agnostic, enabling
users to employ biometric devices and algorithms from virtually any vendor, as
well as support the combination of the following biometric types, including:
single fingerprint, Livescan fingerprint, 2D face, 3D face, iris, palm scan,
finger vein, palm vein, hand geometry, palm, DNA, signature, voice, and
retina. The IWS Biometric Engine currently supports more than 120 devices and
methods of biometric acquisition and over 90 biometric algorithms.

    About ImageWare Systems, Inc.

    ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:  IW) is a leading developer of identity
management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential and law
enforcement technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, the Company's
biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and
algorithm independent, enabling the enrollment and management of unlimited
population sizes. ImageWare's identification products are used to manage and
issue secure credentials including national IDs, passports, driver licenses,
smart cards and access control credentials. ImageWare's digital booking
products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shot, fingerprint
Livescan and investigative capabilities. ImageWare is headquartered in San
Diego, with offices in Washington DC and Canada. For more information visit

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the "safe harbor'' provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. While these statements are meant to convey to the public the
company's progress, business opportunities and growth prospects, readers are
cautioned that such forward-looking statements represent management's opinion.
While management believes such representation to be true and accurate based on
the information available to the company, actual results may differ materially
from those described. The company's operations and business prospects are
always subject to risks and uncertainties. Important facts that may cause
actual results to differ are set forth in the company's periodic filings with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information:

For further information: ImageWare Systems, Inc. Joyce Watts,
858-673-8600, ext. 133

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