FBI makes large fingerprint card scanner buy

Officials say IAFIS
will cut the time to process a fingerprint from many months
to two hours.

The FBI is buying 19 ImagClear F5000 high-volume fingerprint card scanners for its
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

It is the largest-ever order of fingerprint identification products by any law
enforcement agency, said Gene W. Ray, president and chief executive officer of Titan Corp.
of San Diego. Titan is the parent of DBA Systems Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., which will
supply the scanners through a $2.2 million buy from the bureau’s Card Scan Service
(CSS) program subcontractor, NEC Technologies Inc.

The CSS subcontract includes installation, maintenance, training and support.

Each ImagClear F5000 can process more than 2,500 fingerprint cards each day at
500-dot-per-inch resolution, which means the FBI could capture more than 47,000 sets of
fingerprints per scanner per day by running almost 24 hours, said Kate Maloney, DBA
director of commercial sales.

Users can stack as many as 200 fingerprint cards into each ImagClear F5000 system at a
time. It retains the most essential information from each print and can identify 65,000
gray levels, Maloney said.

Each card has 10 fingerprints rolled on and 14 flat prints.

The FBI handles requests for the fingerprint data from law enforcement agencies around
the country and from employers that need to check the background of job applicants.

FBI officials have certified the ImagClear automatic card feed and card scanner under
IAFIS Image Quality Specification, Appendix F, according to a bureau posting on the Web at

FBI headquarters already uses a 1,000-dpi DBA latent fingerprint scanner, Maloney said.
Police agencies in Atlanta, Chicago, and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas
and Virginia also use ImagClear fingerprint card scanners, she said.

IAFIS contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Litton PRC Inc. are supposed to put IAFIS
into production next July, said Rich Schumacher, the first-phase CSS program manager at
Lockheed Martin.

NEC is supplying the scanning hardware for the IAFIS project under its CSS subcontract
with Lockheed, he said.

Officials at the bureau’s Clarksburg, W.Va., facility are counting on IAFIS to cut
the time to process a fingerprint request from many months down to two hours [GCN, Oct. 20, 1997, Page 1]. But CSS will be a
transitional effort until law enforcement agencies submit fingerprints electronically,
Schumacher said.

IAFIS will find and decompress electronic images through a searchable database and
display them on workstations.

The system also will use Digital Equipment Corp.’s AltaVista search engine to
match criminal history files against biographical and other data.

Lockheed Martin will deliver the first two ImagClear units this week. The FBI’s
West Virginia facility will receive the remaining 17 in February and March, Schumacher

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