LASD deploys NEC multimodal biometric identification solution

As of January 7, 2018, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is fully utilizing NEC’s Integra ID 5 Multimodal Biometric Identification Solution (MBIS), according to an announcement from NEC Corporation of America.

Use of NEC’s Integra ID 5 MBIS by the Los Angeles County Regional Identification System (LACRIS) Unit is one of the largest criminal biometrics-based identification implementations in the world, interfacing to numerous state and federal databases, including California DOJ and the FBI’s NGI system. LACRIS integrates 164 remote LiveScan systems and 76 digital latent workstations into MBIS.

NEC’s Integra ID 5 supports fingerprint, palm print, face and iris biometrics modalities and is capable of other modalities including voice, though not all capabilities are currently used by LACRIS. The digital latent workstations allow unique workflows for multiple agencies and maintains agency accreditation.

Since moving to the NEC solution, the LASD and participating law enforcement staff have successfully processed thousands of transactions, including searches of previously unsolved latent fingerprints against the newly migrated database. According to the announcement, the new NEC system uncovered 107 hits, including two cold case homicides in the first seven days of operation.

“We are excited to see this state-of-the-art MBIS solution in operation,” said Lt. Derek Sabatini of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The criminal identifications are processing back faster and more efficient, both in the jails and with mobile identifications.”

“The initial results are demonstrative of NEC’s continued commitment to implementation of innovative technologies including fusion and multi-modal matching that improve accuracy and intuitive Windows 10 graphical user interface that enhance operator efficiencies,” added Raffie Beroukhim, Senior Vice President, NEC.

Biometrics Research Group Inc. has projected that the global law enforcement biometrics market will grow to US$18 billion by 2020.

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