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VetConnex named FBI fingerprint channel partner


VetConnex has been named one of 20 fingerprint channel partners by the FBI, which the company says allows it to enter the market for background checks.

Reported in the Minneapolis Business Journal, VetConnex’s technology can be used for background checks related to licenses, adoptions, conceal and carry permits as well as other applications.

“The FBI has shifted away from processing paper fingerprint submissions, opening up a market for businesses that earn the agency’s approval to handle them electronically,” Co-owner Tim Murphy said in the Business Journal report.

A quick look at the FBI website shows that other approved channelers include 3M Cogent, Accurate Biometrics, Biometrics4all and others. 

Reported previously, Steven Martinez, the Executive Assistant Director, Science and Technology Branch of the FBI recently made a statement before a House subcommittee on the agency’s use of biometrics, and in particular, fingerprints as a secure identifier.

“The FBI uses fingerprints in two primary ways: background checks and criminal investigations,” Martinez said.

Fingerprint has long been a fast-growing and long-enduring modality in the biometrics community and a newly-published report suggests that the global AFIS market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.71 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Published by TechNavio, the report notes that one of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased acceptance of e-governance projects. In addition, says the report, the global AFIS market has also been witnessing the availability of customized AFIS applications.

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