Integrated Biometrics ships 450 Five-O units to FBI amid growing demand
Author: huifan Time: 2017-10-16
Integrated Biometrics has shipped 450 units of itsFive-O mobile ten-finger enrollment and matching device for use by the FBI, to improve the agency’s field identification capabilities.
Integrated Biometrics integration partner InCadence Strategic Solutions won the contract to provide the units for use with Federal Government software, giving FBI agents mobile identification capabilities in situations in which it was not previously available.
The deal demonstrates the FBI’s confidence in being able to extend biometric technology closer to where identification is needed, according to Integrated Biometrics CEO Steve Thies. “It really has to do with how easy this product is to use for field enrolment, field bookings,” Thies told Biometric Update in an exclusive interview about the transaction. “Bad guys’ days are numbered when the good guys have the ability to identify them at the point of the crime.”
The FBI set strict criteria for bids, to meet agency needs in several different areas. The innovative technology behind the Five-O uniquely satisfies the requirements for mobility and durability, Thies says, but also provides advantages sought by the FBI over prism-based sensors, such as working in any lighting conditions.
“On the mobility side of things, there’s nothing else like it,” Thies says. “It’s a ten-print device, it’s the smallest one in the marketplace today as an FAP-50. In terms of ease of use, it’s got a patented LES film which works in direct sunlight or in bright lights. The FBI has a series of severe environment tests that they provide, and we score as high as you can score on those tests.”
LES technology also works reliably and accurately with wet or dirty fingers, which is also crucial to law enforcement when identifying suspects in the field, and does not give away the position of agents using it with an easily-visible light source. Further, Thies explains that the LES film does not retain latent prints, which provides another significant advantage over competing mobile fingerprint devices. “It’s so important, because if latents get into the database, they make subsequent downstream matching hard to do.”
Mobile field use also requires the Five-O to meet a high standard for durability, which Thies says it easily surpasses. “We don’t encourage people to throw it, but you can drop this on the floor and nothing will happen to it.”
The LES film is laminated onto a thin film transistor (TFT) camera, enabling Integrated Biometrics to put the fingerprint scanning technology in a pocket-sized device measuring less than 200 grams and smaller than 4”x5”x1”, with a low enough power draw to run for hours off of a smartphone.