The international border cuts through Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, right, and Nogales, Arizona, as seen April 9, 2018, from Nogales.
The international border cuts through Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, right, and Nogales, Arizona, as seen April 9, 2018, from Nogales.

LONDON - A British technology firm has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use biometric facial verification technology to improve border control, the first foreign firm to win such a contract in the United States.

London-based iProov will develop technology to improve border controls at unmanned ports of entry with a verification system that uses the traveler’s cell phone.

British trade minister Liam Fox said in a statement on Monday that the contract was “one example of our shared economic and security ties” with the United States.

IProov said it was the first non-U.S. firm to be awarded a contract under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), which is run by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.