The teacher who helps a first-grader learn simple addition. The elder care worker who assists an aging parent. The government employee with access to highly sensitive information.
What do all of these people have in common? Each needed a background check to obtain employment – and that background check involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and verifying a person’s identity using biometrics. To ensure that those who care for our most vulnerable, those charged with protecting our nation and its citizens, can be trusted.
And it goes beyond proving someone is who they say they are. It’s also for catching the guilty, identifying criminals through what they’ve left behind: fingerprints at a crime scene, a palm print on a door, a face caught on security videotape.
It’s Next Generation Identification (NGI). A state-of-the-art biometric identification system that the FBI will use and populate with biometric information to keep Americans and their families safe.
Biometrics are already in use today with the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS); the result of a successful collaboration between the FBI and Lockheed Martin, IAFIS is the world’s largest database of its type with more than 55 million sets of fingerprints.
But, just as our world has changed, so has the scope of technology. Capability has increased exponentially. New methods are gaining traction. With NGI, the Bureau and Lockheed Martin face a new challenge: to significantly expand fingerprint capacity, add in palm prints, and include facial and iris recognition.