Hawaii installs fingerprint systems

Hawaii installs fingerprint systems

Hawaii's Human Services Department this week installed 10 digital fingerprint systems as part of an initiative to increase the speed and accuracy of background checks for child and foster care providers working in the state.

Sagem Morpho Inc. of Tacoma, Wash., installed its MorphoCheck 100 livescan systems in Human Services offices located on each Hawaiian island.

"Employee background checks are one of our highest priorities in ensuring the security and safety of our children in child care placements and foster children," Human Services director Susan Chandler said in a statement.

Previously, the state mailed fingerprint cards to the FBI for background checks; the process took six weeks.

The turnaround time now is 48 hours. After collecting the digital images, the office transmits the prints electronically to the bureau where they can be checked against the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

"Sagem Morpho's biometric technology dramatically reduces our background check processing time and gives us the peace of mind that we have the most accurate information on record," Chandler said.

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