November 10, 2017 -
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has purchased 450 units of Integrated Biometrics’ new FIVE-0 mobile fingerprint scanners.
The FIVE-0 is a FAP 50 FBI Appendix F Certified, AFIS compatible 10-finger scanner that is built to meet the challenging demands of field operations and small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. According to a company statement, FIVE-0 delivers FBI certified images under conditions that limit other technologies.
“This purchase represents a powerful vote of confidence in our FIVE-0 and validation that law enforcement needs a smaller, lighter 10-finger scanner,” said Stephen Thies, CEO of Integrated Biometrics, “Lightweight portability and rugged reliability make an enormous difference in the field. FIVE-0 will help improve safety for agents and civilians alike by identifying and booking criminals sooner.”
Each portable FIVE-0 device can run for hours using power provided by a smartphone, requiring no separate battery and with little risk of interrupted scans due to power loss. FIVE-0 also overcomes common challenges in the field such as dry or dirty fingers, broad daylight and high-glare, dust and other abrasive materials, and wide variance in humidity levels and operating temperatures.
The FIVE-0 units will be part of the FBI’s field operations, helping agents save time and improve safety by enrolling or confirming an individual’s identity at the first point of contact since FIVE-0 only needs a smartphone and cellular or Wi-Fi service to operate.
The FBI purchased FIVE-0 through InCadence Strategic Solutions. The companies anticipate additional orders from US federal law enforcement agencies as the device continues to prove its versatility and reliability in the field.
For more information on the device, the sale and Integrated Biometrics, read our latest interview with CEO Steve Thies.