MorphoTrak supplies technology for the FBI’s NGI system
According to the company, 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.
Reported previously, increment three of the FBI’s NGI program was recently deployed by a Lockheed Martin-led team, and the group says this new increment provides significant improvement in latent fingerprint search accuracy as well as a new nationwide palm print identification system to help solve cold cases.
This workstation software will be used by FBI and other government agency latent examiners.
“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,” Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak said. “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.”
Just last month, The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the FBI over access to its facial recognition records as a part of its NGI system, based on three FOIA requests the group made over a year ago.
According to the company, as the primary supplier of biometric technology to the FBI, Morpho’s biometric matching algorithms are top-ranked by NISTfor latent fingerprint matching accuracy in the “lights out” automatic mode.
Reported previously, California’s Orange County has contracted MorphoTrak to provide its MorphoBIS, identification system to the county’s crime lab.