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we looked at a Fox News article that related that the FBI is accepting
misdemeanor and juvenile ten-print submissions for retention in IAFIS.
we monitor new activities in the biometrics industry that could be of
interest to the latent print community. A lot of biometric development
occurs which is of no direct relation to crime laboratories or latent print
examiners. For example, although we may be affected by smart cards,
access control, or identity verification, these concepts usually don't
affect us professionally in our day to day duties in the forensic world.
However, there are some concepts that do overlap, and it is keeping abreast
of these relevant technological applications of biometric technologies that
could offer valuable insights to our community.
Excerpts of interest to our audience,
by Editor, David Mintie
a monthly newsletter from biometricwatch.com;
Montello, WI -
Fahlgreen Solutions LLC has created a 100% web-based fingerprint system for
processing both civil applicant and criminal fingerprint transactions called
emaChecks – entirely mobile Background Checks. The company indicates the
system is in production in WI and certified by the state as FBI
compliant. The system is web-based, mobile and can be used wherever an
internet connection is available. No special wiring or connections are
brings instant results of criminal background checks to the employer or
agency based on a positive identification of the individual. No more waiting
for weeks to learn whether your employee or applicant has a criminal record.
Searches are conducted against the state and/or federal repository depending
on the type of search. The criminal version of this system is such that
small law enforcement agencies can use it in their booking offices as well
as court houses.
fully mobile using i3’s digID L fingerprint scanner. Weighing less then 5
pounds, this high-quality Live Scan is small, compact & requires no
external power source. The InVIZE ID software provides fully automated
fingerprint capture & requires no external mouse or foot pedal to operate.
Prints can be captured in 2 minutes or less.
High-quality prints and demographic edit checks ensure your submissions are
not rejected. Automated sequence & image quality checks tell you when you
have to improve capture of a single print before submission. All the
components fit nicely & neatly into an airport tote bag to wheel your unit
from site to site. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection to send
prints. (Photo - Fahlgreen Solutions)
New Radio Frequency (RF) Fingerprint Reader
Salt Lake City,
UT - silex technology america, Inc. announced the addition of the S2
fingerprint reader to its growing line of biometric products. The S2 uses
Radio Frequency (RF) technology to read the inner layer of a fingerprint,
allowing the sensor to more accurately capture minutiae data points.
Ideal for the
government, healthcare and financial markets, the S2 is a pocket-sized
fingerprint biometrics device that gives organizations peace of mind by
providing a reliable and accurate biometric security device that ensures
organizations' confidential documents are secure. Attached to a lanyard, a
user such can move around an organization and use the S2 to authenticate and
view files and sensitive information on the network. When finished, the user
disconnects the S2 from the computer, which automatically logs that person
off the network and secures the files.
addresses the needs of durability, reliability and portability. While most
fingerprint readers contain a silicon dye that can be damaged through
excessive contact and moisture from users' fingerprints, the S2's sensor is
located beneath the device's surface away from the direct contact of wet
fingerprints and other potential hazards. Additionally, the S2 uses radio
frequency technology that scans beneath the surface of the skin to get a
more accurate reading of the fingerprint. The compact size of the S2 is
designed for portability. Users can carry the product in their pocket or on
a lanyard, and by plugging it into the computer using a USB cable, can
access files on the network.
The S2 is a
pocket-sized RF fingerprint reader and UIM (SIM) card that easily connects
directly to the USB port of a computer, providing personal ID access control
of PCs and networks at hospitals, municipal facilities, and other areas. It
is designed to increase security, eliminate resistance to Electrostatic
Discharge (ESD) and replace passwords with a fingerprint, and will only
allow the authorized user's fingerprint to unlock files. (Photo - silex
National Biometric Security Project (NBSP) Announces Availability
of Latest Summary of Published and Emerging Biometric Standards
- Numerous national and civilian security applications will see improvement
in functionality as a result of newly published biometric standards.
Watchlist applications, such as border control and U.S. Visit will be made
more robust as a result of standards that facilitate the enrollment and
analysis of facial images with equipment from multiple vendors. New
application profile standards explain how existing biometric standards can
be applied to point of sale, access control, and Dept. of Defense
applications. Additionally a new operational testing standard augments
previously published standards for scenario and technology testing.
These and many
more newly published biometric standards are included in NBSP’s latest
review of biometric standards activity, “Summary of Published and Emerging
Biometric Standards.” Progress in biometrics standardization since the last
report, issued in February of 2006, has been significant with thirteen new
standards published bringing the total number of published standards to
forty-four (44). Additionally, well over 50 developing standards (including
multi-part standards) are included in the summary of Emerging Standards.
CEO John Siedlarz describes NBSP standards support thusly: “We are not a
standards body. However, since 2003 a significant portion of NBSP personnel
and financial resources has been allocated to help U.S. and international
standards organizations such as NIST and the ILO develop standards in an
accelerated and more systematic manner. In the past three years the number
of published standards has grown from 10 to 44. We believe that the support
we have provided to standards organizations has contributed to this growth.”
NBSP is a
not-for-profit biometrics test, training, research and analysis organization
focused on improving the security of the U.S. civil infrastructure by
enhancing identity assurance. NBSP client services include technology,
scenario and operational testing, training, standards development and data
services. Established as a non-profit agency to assure its objectivity and
user-oriented approach, NBSP services are available to government agencies
at the federal, state, and local level and private sector agencies
responsible for maintaining key components of the national infrastructure.
To view the
most recent Standards Status Spreadsheet please visit:
www.nationalbiometric.org Click TRCD Overview, Research and support
Services, Standards Support to find the Standards Status Spreadsheet.
Police Get Enhanced Biometric Identification Tools
Anaheim, CA -
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced the successful completion of a
two-phase process for the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) to upgrade its
automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) to the latest-generation
Motorola Printrak Biometric Identification Solution (BIS). The new system
offers increased storage capacity, increased descriptor data for each
record, and more efficient tools to assist the MDPD in their efforts to make
city streets safer.
upgrade provided MDPD with Motorola's latest biometric technology advances,
including improved search accuracy. According to Glen Calhoun,
superintendent of the Identification Section, these accuracy improvements
have made a real difference at MDPD. "After we installed our most recent
upgrade," Calhoun noted, "we noticed a 30 percent increase in reverse search
'hits' on our system." In an AFIS system, reverse searches are executed by
comparing an arrested subject's prints against a database of unsolved crime
scene (latent) prints, to see if the arrested individual may be responsible
for other unsolved crimes. Calhoun continued: "After seeing these reverse
search improvements, we re-entered 25 old cases, and were able to solve
seven homicides by using the new system."
modular system architecture and advanced implementation process improved
MDPD's system over time while minimizing the effects on Miami-Dade County
resources. "Rather than upgrade the system all at once, we chose to purchase
palmprint capabilities first, then upgrade our fingerprint capabilities
later," stated Glen Calhoun. "Motorola Credit Corporation assisted us with
the second phase of the upgrade. Motorola's ability to work within our
budget has given us the flexibility to provide greater services to the
citizens of Miami-Dade County."
Printrak BIS is now capable of storing both fingerprint and palmprint data.
The new system also has interfaces to cities within Miami-Dade County, as
well as to the state system at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
All fingerprint data was efficiently transferred, via digital format, from
MDPD's previous system to the new Motorola Printrak BIS.
the new system was performed with minimal disruption to crime-solving
efforts at MDPD. "The cutover from the old fingerprint system to the new
system was completed in less than two hours," explained Calhoun.
Living Software Introduces Secure E-Mail Solution
Wall, NJ &
Richmond WI - BIO- key International, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BKYI) , and
Living Software, announced the immediate availability of SafeLive(TM), a
software product that secures e-mail with fingerprint biometrics.
software's simple and intuitive interface, the e-mail sender 'signs' and
encrypts the message being sent by scanning his finger. When the message is
delivered, it can only be decrypted and opened by the designated recipient(s)
with their fingerprint(s), to assure the identity of both the sender and
receiver. At the core of the SafeLive solution, is BIO-key's biometric
software platform, Vector Segment Technology(TM) (VST). When combined with
Living Software's SafeLive solution, VST brings the power and security of
biometric technology to the everyday task of sending and receiving e-mails.
The product interfaces seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook or can be used with
a variety of e-mail products, including web-based systems. SafeLive is easy
to deploy given that no additional infrastructure, such as changes to e-mail
server software, is required.
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