Crossmatch, FlexEnable and ISORG team selected as a finalist in IARPA fingerprint challenge

September 1, 2017 - 

A multinational team comprised of Crossmatch, French firm ISORG and the UK-based FlexEnable was selected as a finalist in the Nail-to-Nail Fingerprint Challenge sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

The three companies partnered to develop a proof-of-concept automated capture technology that eliminates the need for human operators to physically engage with the subject and roll the fingerprints, which is the current method conducted by trained law enforcement personnel.

With this current capture method, there is a risk that the fingerprinting operator will have poor technique or training, which can result in decreased print quality affecting the ability to identify live or latent fingerprints.

The team is developing technology that is designed to reduce, and potentially remove, the skilled operator from the process.

The technology is intended to make the incorporation of rolled fingerprints in future biometric security solutions more feasible, and in particular, make the process of law enforcement rolling criminal fingerprints safer.

“We are excited to have been selected as a finalist in the IARPA challenge,” said Dr. Dan Raguin, Crossmatch VP of optical technologies. “We feel that our research activities in this challenge showcase Crossmatch’s ability to identify promising technologies and partners for the advancement of biometric technology and solutions that may benefit our customers in the future.”

The team will present a prototype device in Washington, DC during the week of September 18, with winners unveiled sometime in Fall 2017.

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