WASHINGTON, D.C. — The traffic is strong and steady at booth #111 at Connect:ID as Integrated Biometrics builds interest in its newly announced Kojak FAP 60 Appendix F Certified ten print and roll live scanner. The rugged, lightweight biometric device that can run off of a laptop, tablet or mobile phone without an additional power source for hours is just one of many enrollment and verification products on display. In addition to showcasing its Kojak, Watson Mini, Sherlock, and Columbo scanners by themselves, Integrated Biometrics is hosting customer products which integrated the company’s scanners. Partner companies NEC, Corvus ID, SIC Biometrics, Grabba, Amrel, Coppernic and Mobizent all have devices on display. A popular topic of conversation revolves around the technologically advanced, ultra-thin, light emitting sensor (LES) film which allows for fast, reliable scans with dirty fingers in any type of environmental conditions, whether they be dusty deserts or cold and snowy mountainous regions. This technology is being used all over the world, as well as domestically. Mobile enrollment and verification technology is so important that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security both have booths at Connect:ID.
Government interest in biometrics goes as far back as 2002, when the U.S. Congress mandated the use of biometrics in U.S. visas by passing the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, a law requiring U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad to issue visas and other travel and entry documents that use biometric identifiers. People traveling to the U.S. must provide a digital photo along with prints of all their fingers which are electronically scanned, as Homeland Security dictates a ten-fingerprint scan standard for biometric screening.
The FBI is a major player in biometrics, providing standards for manufacturers to achieve FBI-certification which is accepted around the world as the definitive marker for accurate fingerprints. Along with the FBI, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is a federal technology agency working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards related to biometrics, and the U.S. even has an Office of Biometric Identity Management to supply technology for collecting and storing biometric data, provide analysis, updates a watchlist, and ensure the integrity of the data.