NEC biometric software first to provide FBI Rap Back service functionality

August 20, 2015 - 

NEC Corporation of America announced that its Integra ID 5 biometric software solution has successfully interfaced with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Next Generation Identification (NGI) platform’s Rap Back service.

The Rap Back service sends authorized entities ongoing status alerts of any criminal history reported on individuals in positions of trust, such as school teachers or aviation workers.

In addition to the background check process, regulatory agencies are now able to flag records so that Rap Back notifications are sent back for review whenever a licensed person is arrested.

The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, which is part of the Utah Department of Public Safety, began production use of the services on July 1.

The agency deployed the Rap Back service within the Western Identification Network’s (WIN) multimodal biometric system, granting them with access to the FBI services as well as providing a localized version of the functionality.

Since the use of services required the appropriate legislation at the state level, the Utah legislature passed
House Bill 124 as the enabling statute.

“WIN, NEC, and Utah take great pride in adopting this new program to enhance public safety,” said Alice Moffat of the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. “We are pleased that our partnership, along with the FBI, allowed us the groundbreaking opportunity to work together and successfully deploy Rap Back functionality in the state of Utah.”

Rap Back is one component integrated into the NEC solution provided to WIN, which it launched in 2014.

The multimodal biometric system provides facilities for fingerprint identification and facial recognition, processing more than 6,000 transactions per day.

The NEC solution is part of NEC’s Building Safer Cities platform, which uses smart technology to maximize all components of installed programs.

Previously reported, NEC Corporation announced that NEC India and AP Technology Services Limited (APTS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of the Safe City Project in which it will collaborate in the areas of IT for smart city initiatives in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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