Sciometrics presents fully automated latent fingerprint matching at Innovators’ Showcase
Sciometrics has presented its Lights-out Latent fingerprint matching technology to U.S. government personnel at the Innovators’ Showcase in McLean, Virginia.
The Innovators’ Showcase is hosted annually by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and Intelligence and National Security Foundation (INSF) to allow academic and industry representatives to share innovations with a public-sector audience.
Technology showcased by Sciometrics automates all facets of the latent fingerprint screening and vetting process, which is normally only semi-automated, according to the announcement. The end-to-end solution provides data capturing from photographs, image enhancement, and matching. Latent prints are matched by applying a statistical model to produce a confidence score, a method analogous to that used in DNA matching. This method replaces a manual part of the process, and is currently the subject of a U.S. government study, according to Sciometrics.
The technology is described as a “major breakthrough in identity intelligence that brings fingerprints into the world of big data enabling high volume screening based upon collected latent fingerprint” by Sciometrics President Mark A. Walch.
Government agencies represented at previous Innovators’ Showcases include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).