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Last week Craig Coppock published the concept of a Regional Training and
Protocol Recommendations for Friction Ridge Individualization (RTPRFI)
This week we consider what updates would be useful in an AFIS system.
My recent duties prototyping and bringing into operation the Automated Biometric
Identification System of the Department of Defense (DoD ABIS) has really opened
my eyes to the potential of AFIS systems in general. As the UK is building
"IDENT 1" and the FBI gears up for "Next Generation IAFIS" I found myself
wondering if there are any good ideas from the latent print community that would
go unheard because nobody ever asked latent print examiners what they would like
to see different in "Next Gen IAFIS".
I would like to open up the issue for comment. For example, IDENT 1 will
enhance accuracy, enhance efficiency, and incorporate palm prints into the
existing system. Ways to increase accuracy include better algorithms,
different search processes, more accurate scoring mechanisms, etc.
Efficiency can be increased by simply adding processing power, or by other means
such as incorporating new transaction types or searching processes within the
system. Palm print search capability will increase the number of possible
latent print cases solved, but it also has the potential to revolutionize the
way criminals are identified by police. A palm print contains more than
double the identifying characteristics than the associated fingers of that hand.
The potential for increased absolute "lights-out" identification could utilize
palm prints for this purpose.
One of the updates I am making to the ABIS system involves the RFES software by
Lockheed Martin. As the interface between the latent print examiner and
AFIS, the RFES software holds potential to provide greater functionality needed
by the latent print community. If you use ULW to search IAFIS, RFES is
very similar... so any suggestions would apply to AFIS processing in general.
If appropriate, applicable suggestions should be passed on to the FBI CJIS
division in the correct format. There is a process to submit ideas to CJIS
in the form of a topic paper. These should include a description of the problem,
or how the issue is handled now; a suggested solution; a scenario or example;
the benefit of your solution to the solution of crime or the criminal justice
community; the impact on the time of users or the resources of the system; the
importance of the solution; and your contact name and information.
Many great ideas go unproven simply because they are never expressed.
Don't let this be the fate of your suggestion. Find someone
at CJIS who can relate your request to those currently designing Next
Generation IAFIS. Or if you want to brainstorm a though or post in a
public forum, the
message board is always open: (http://www.clpex.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=2)
More formal latent print discussions are available at
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