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Crossmatch palm scanner selected for UK Home Office’s FABrIC program


Northrop Grumman, a security firm and a technology integrator for the UK Home Office, will upgrade the current criminal booking solution for the department’s Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability program (FABrIC) with the Crossmatch L Scan 1000 palm scanner.

By December, more than 375 enrollment and capture stations across the UK will be upgraded incorporating Crossmatch Livescan devices, which allow for high-quality capture of fingerprint and palm print images.

In 2000, Northrop Grumman replaced the ink-and-paper method of capturing fingerprints with the Crossmatch Livescan solution.

“The Crossmatch Livescan solution has been successfully used in delivering the capability to the Home Office over the past 16 years, and the new scanners will provide the police agencies with an improved level of performance,” said Ian Menzies, Northrop Grumman lead executive of mission systems. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Crossmatch and the ongoing success of the new L Scan 1000 palm scanners.”

Comprised of palm scanners and custom software designed specifically for UK police agencies, the system enables users to save time, generate more reliable matches and eliminate the need to store paper fingerprint cards.

The system’s most recent upgrade provides high-speed scanner technology with the ability to capture at 1,000 pixels-per-inch image resolution, resulting in a greater level of detail to achieve higher automated match rates.

“As an industry leader in Livescan solutions, Crossmatch has worked diligently to support Northrop Grumman and their customer—the UK Home Office—in meeting their ongoing mission of adapting to the changing realities of criminal booking and the evolving threat environment in the UK,” said Eduardo Parodi, vice president of international government sales at Crossmatch. “Government agencies around the world depend on the reliability, performance and image quality of our solutions in critical use applications—such as law enforcement, refugee management and border control screening.”

Earlier this month Crossmatch introduced Nomad, its latest line of biometric fingerprint modules and readers, at the connect:ID conference in Washington, DC.

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