New FBI identification system moves ahead

April 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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ROCKVILLE, Md., April 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. industry team led by Lockheed Martin is fully developing and deploying a new finger and palm print capability for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lockheed said development efforts began after a successful Critical Design Review for the system's Increment 3. The milestone came just weeks after the FBI declared Initial Operating Capability on NGI's Increment 1 fingerprint matching capability.

"The FBI's Next Generation Identification system is now operational and providing law enforcement officials with more accurate fingerprint identification services than ever before," said June Shrewsbury, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Citizen Protection Solutions division. "We're excited to keep up the momentum and begin implementing the system's latent fingerprint and palm print matching capabilities."

NGI is providing an incremental replacement of the FBI's current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

The latent and palm print matching algorithms for the NGI system will be provided by Virgina-based MorphoTrak. MorphoTrak provided the system's fingerprint matching algorithms.

The Lockheed Martin-led NGI team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology and Innovative Management & Technology Services.

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