Md. points to Cogent for automated fingerprint system

The Maryland Public Safety and Correction Services Department has awarded Cogent Systems Inc. a five-year, $4 million contract to supply an automated palm print and fingerprint identification system.

Under the contract, Cogent of South Pasadena, Calif., will replace a legacy identification system with a new digital system. In the process, the company will digitize about 5 million fingerprint, palm print and latent hard-copy records.

The new system features customized workflow to support law enforcement identification. This will let officials search all types of fingerprints and palm prints and make background checks.

The identification system will include a National Institute of Standards and Technology-based archive system and the ability to store 1,000 pixels-per-inch image resolution records.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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