Identification tools make it possible for law enforcement organizations to verify the identity of a suspect so the wrong person doesn’t get detained or convicted. Previous technology only allowed a picture and fingerprint to be used to identify someone.
A new NGI program by the Federal Bureau of Intelligence uses many different types of biometric information to provide reliable and accurate information in the correct identification of a suspect, giving their past criminal history and any related information.
NGI will increase the capacity of the finger print storage and the types of identification traits it will house. It will keep iris scans, palm prints and future biometric traits such as voice.
The technology is designed to give quick access to the information being requested. Response time for high priority information will take an average of 10 minutes instead of two hours.
The goal is to have the program implemented nationwide by 2014.
The program will house a “Repository of Individuals of Special Concern.” This is especially useful for high-priority suspects such as terrorists, sexual offenders and wanted individuals. When it is applied to combat theaters it can let soldiers identify enemies and make a quick assessment.
The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) is a very useful tool for the identification of individuals with finger prints. The demand on this system from law enforcement is exhausting its efficiency. The Advanced Fingerprint Identification Technology will make IAFIS faster with better accuracy and improved latent processing capability.
The Interstate Photo System (IPS) will give the user the capability of adding more data to a person that was previously arrested and retrieve the pictures quicker. A suspect can be searched with identifying features such as tattoos, scars and marks.
In addition, when facial recognition technology is perfected, the system will explore the possibilities of implementing it into the system.
The NGI system is designed for full collaboration with different law enforcement organization from local, state, federal and international partners around the world.
Law enforcement organizations are not the only entities using advanced identification technology. Private companies are providing services for the surveillance, identification and protection of valuable business assets and home security.
This is a growing industry and whether it’s the FBI or a corporation, everyone wants a more efficient form of identification of its citizens and employees.
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Edited by Braden Becker