Biometric Technology Supplied by MorphoTrak for FBI NGI to Transform Crime-Solving

  Biometric Technology Supplied by MorphoTrak for FBI NGI to Transform

Business Wire

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- July 9, 2013

FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system improvements that became
operational in May include a threefold increase in latent fingerprint search
accuracy and create the first nationwide palm print identification system
thanks to biometric technology developed by Morpho (Safran) and supplied by
its U.S. subsidiary, MorphoTrak.

Red box: limited friction-ridge areas matched by old FBI IAFIS. Full image:
enlarged friction ridge ...

Red box: limited friction-ridge areas matched by old FBI IAFIS. Full image:
enlarged friction ridge areas matched by new FBI NGI. (Photo: MorphoTrak,

Lockheed Martin, the FBI’s NGI integrator, incorporated Morpho’s latest
algorithms to process and match latent finger and palm prints, including, for
the first time ever, all the friction ridge areas of the hand. New
MorphoTrak-supplied expert latent workstation software was enhanced and
customized based on collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the FBI as part of
this third and largest phase of the NGI implementation. This workstation
software will be used by FBI and other government agency latent examiners.

Morpho’s latest algorithms will change the face of crime-solving by greatly
improving the volume, speed, and accuracy of matching latent and other
crime-scene prints against the FBI’s database of finger and palm prints. The
vast expansion of the searchable friction ridge area of the hand will lead to
increased identification and capture of criminals and terrorists as well as
the resolution of cold cases, serving the public safety needs of more than
18,000 local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“We are very proud to supply these groundbreaking biometric technology
advances to our nation’s leading law enforcement agency as well as all law
enforcement agencies nationwide,” said Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of
MorphoTrak. “All the improvements we developed for NGI are now available
off-the-shelf in our new multi-modal MorphoBIS identification system which is
used extensively by U.S. State and Local law enforcement agencies.”

Morpho’s R&D programs have long focused on improvements to the processing and
matching of latent prints. Law enforcement agencies around the world use
Morpho’s advanced biometric technology as a key tool in criminal and terrorist

As the primary supplier of biometric technology to the FBI, Morpho’s biometric
matching algorithms are ranked #1 by NIST (National Institute of Standards &
Technology) for latent fingerprint matching accuracy in the “lights out”
(automatic) mode. This provides agencies with the most cost-effective solution
to process large numbers of latent searches while allowing their experts to
focus on the most critical cases.

MorphoTrak, Inc., a subsidiary of Safran USA, provides biometric and identity
management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law
enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and
facility/IT security. Reporting to Morpho, Safran’s security division,
MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a
leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris
recognition, as well as rapid DNA identification and secure credentials. With
over 36 years’ experience, Morpho has captured more than 3 billion
fingerprints and Morpho products are used by more than 450 government agencies
in over 100 countries. MorphoTrak is headquartered near Washington D.C., with
major corporate facilities in Anaheim, CA and Federal Way, WA.

Morpho,  a high-technology company of Safran, is one of the world’s leading
suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is
specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular
based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as
secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho’s integrated systems and equipment
are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of
transportation, data, people and countries. For more information:

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