The Lockheed Martin (News
) guided Next Generation Identification team has reportedly presented
the first Advanced Technology Workstations as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's new state-of-the-art biometrics system. The new NGI workstations are being installed to provide enhanced potential for the FBI’s service sources and analysts and to phase out the currently used old systems.
The NGI program's ATWs are designed to provide the service sources and analysts considerably larger type of display screens with improved resolution and true color possibilities. The improved features are expected to help the FBI view better and thorough details of biometric data for a competent decision-making process.
“The current IAFIS receives an average of 160,000 fingerprint transactions per day, and on several occasions it has processed more than 200,000 transactions in a 24-hour period,” FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Deputy Assistant Director Jerome M. Pender said. “These ATWs will greatly improve the FBI's ability to assess fingerprint matches.”
The ATWs from NGI program also have other features in addition to the improved display and processing potential. The ATWs are built utilizing better communication infrastructure allowing easy and cost effective upgrades in the hardware system along with the growing technology. The whole system is planned to offer considerable level of flexibility to put up with new technologies and changed biometric modalities required by law as and when needed.
“Installing the Advanced Technology Workstations at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division Complex in Clarksburg, W.Va., marked the first operational milestone for the NGI program,” Barbara Humpton, vice president, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and global services. “To see the new workstations in action, it's quite clear what a difference this will make for the FBI's talented and dedicated workforce.”
The Lockheed Martin-guided NGI team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology, IBM (News
) and Innovative Management & Technology Services. Lockheed Martin has about 140,000 employees working in its offices worldwide. The company is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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Edited by Amy Tierney