Marshals hunt down device to ID suspects in the field

Marshals hunt down device to ID suspects in the field

To ensure that the agents of the U.S. Marshals Service always get their man, the agency is looking for a biometric device to help officers when suspects in the field lack identification or try to mask their identity.

In a June 10 request for information, the Marshals Service described its need for a hand-held biometric device that includes the following characteristics:

  • A fingerprint scanner that can operate-capture in direct sunlight, conduct a quality check of fingerprints captured and identify if duplicate prints are taken
  • A built-in camera
  • Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity
  • Water and dust resistance, and be rugged enough to survive a 4-foot drop.
  • An integrated stylus, or touch-screen capability that works when a user is wearing gloves.
  • Compliant with Criminal Justice Information Services requirements and Electronic Biometric Transmission Specifications.
  • Support for .pdf, .doc, .docx and .txt file extensions.
  • A simple user interface.

According to the RFI, the Marshals Service hopes to be able to procure devices in 2016.  Responses are due July 13.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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