Marshals hunt down device to ID suspects in the field
- By Derek Major
- Jun 12, 2015
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.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.