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The Dallas Cowboys will use $2.5 million in federal funding to purchase the first devices to authenticate players in the NFL’s new uniform policy, league officials said Tuesday.
The money will go toward installing more than 1,000 new biometric-identification systems for the NFL and the league’s other 32 teams, and a second system for the United Nations, officials said.
The policy allows teams to use a single device that includes an iris scanner, fingerprint reader, facial recognition camera and other sensors to identify players.
Teams have been able to purchase new devices to keep up with demand.
The NFL has been testing new biometrics for the past two seasons.
The $4 million, which the NFL used from the Department of Defense, is the second round of funds it will use to buy the first biometric authentication systems for NFL players, officials announced.
Last year, the NFL spent $1.4 million for the first set of devices.
The league’s commissioner said at the time that he expected the new system would be more secure and more effective than current equipment.
“We have worked hard to develop this technology and we will continue to work diligently to ensure the security and privacy of all players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“While it is important to note that the first system is not 100 percent foolproof, the technology has already proven itself effective in reducing crime and helping protect our players, and we are confident it will be the right choice for our players and teams.”