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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group (FIG) page
with FIG #72; matrix and overlay distortion, by an anonymous submitter. You can send your example
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Glenn Langenburg brought us information regarding the
recent fingerprint admissibility hearing in Minnesota.
we take a look at new Quick Capture fingerprint
technology from the FBI CJIS Division.
Quick Capture Fingerprint Technology on the
Published online 11/21/08
The Quick Capture Platform, which includes (left to right) the
satelllite unit, laptop, battery, and fingerprint scanner.
Last August, a man applied to become an Iraqi police officer in
Baghdad’s International Zone. His fingerprints were run through a
new portable fingerprint system called “Quick Capture,” and within a
couple of minutes a hit was returned—his fingerprints matched latent
prints found previously on a bomb.
In the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, where identities are often
murky and deception common, the U.S. and its global partners are in
constant need of a way to run what are essentially instantaneous
background checks, both in the field of battle and at military and
Precisely why we created “Quick Capture.” The system, launched last
year, is just what the name says—a fast way to identify known or
suspected terrorists, transnational criminals, and other persons of
interest using fingerprint technologies.
“Quick Capture gives us the same instant feedback capabilities
abroad that law enforcement in the U.S. has had for years when
accessing FBI databases during criminal investigations or routine
traffic stops,” says Assistant Director Tom Bush of our Criminal
Justice Information Services Division.
It’s also a useful intelligence screening tool. Say our troops are
doing a sweep of a suspected terrorist safe house in Iraq. They
round up a half-dozen guys who all claim to be farmers. But our use
of Quick Capture shows otherwise: one of the men has a terrorist
record. Now we know to focus on him and attempt to gather
potentially useful intelligence.
A few telling details about Quick Capture:
What it is. A laptop, fingerprint scanner, battery, and satellite
unit weighing 22 pounds that fits into a backpack and can be easily
transported into remote or hazardous places.
How it works. FBI personnel collect and digitize fingerprints using
the laptop, connect via satellite to two fingerprint databases back
in the states, run searches against those prints, and wait just
moments for potential matches. The two databases are the Integrated
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (among its 62 million
records are 77,000 records of known/suspected terrorists) and the
Department of Defense’s Automated Biometric Identification System.
Why it’s so handy. Since it’s portable, we can take it directly to
where the bad guys are (i.e., remote towns and villages, mountains,
caves, etc.). The satellite connection enables lightning fast
response times. And by continually adding new fingerprints from
suspicious characters overseas to our records, Quick Capture can
even help keep terrorists and other thugs out of the U.S.
Quick Capture is quite an upgrade. After 9/11, our experts had to
use ink and paper cards to collect fingerprints overseas. Response
times ranged from a couple of days to a couple of weeks because the
cards had to be physically sent or hand-carried back to America.
Eventually, the process was automated to enable electronic
transmittal, but the equipment was stationary and had to work
through phone lines so response times still averaged a few hours.
But it’s just the beginning. As technology evolves, future models of
Quick Capture will be even more lightweight and will include
multi-modal capabilities like iris, palm, and facial recognition.
How successful has Quick Capture been so far? Very. We’ve already
collected nearly 6,000 sets of prints and have identified almost
1,300 known or suspected terrorists. “More important,” says Bush,
“are the countless terrorist attacks that may have been prevented
worldwide, including right here in the U.S.”
Our Criminal Justice Information Services or CJIS complex in West
Virginia is home to a range of state-of-the-art technologies and
statistical services that serve the FBI and the entire criminal
justice community—from our annual crime stats to our automated
fingerprint systems, from our secure communications channel for law
enforcement to our gun background checks.
Along with IAFIS—our automated fingerprint ID system—we offer a
range of information, training, and services related to fingerprints
and criminal histories.
*Fingerprint Overview and History (pdf)
*Ordering Fingerprint Cards & Training Aids
*Our Checks on Bank Employees
*Requesting Your Fingerprint Record/Rap Sheet
*FBI Name Checks For Fingerprint Submissions (pdf)
*Submitting Arrest Dispositions
*Taking Legible Fingerprints
*Training: Fingerprint and Criminal History Record Training
-Thomas E. Bush III
Assistant Director, CJIS
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