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Next Generation Identification (NGI)


For nearly two decades, Lockheed Martin has been a leader in biometrics-based identification and credentialing missions. Whether it’s large-scale systems integration, design and development of biometric solutions, or technical evaluations, we’ve played an active role in programs that are critical to the safety of citizens and the security of nations.

From identifying persons of interest to vetting individuals for employment and access control, Lockheed Martin understands the power of using our unique identities to enhance security.

The Next Generation Identification (NGI) is a state-of-the-art biometric identification system that the FBI is using in concert with state, local, federal, and tribal authorities to keep Americans and their families safe.

The Interstate Photo System, part of the NGI system, is designed to improve image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal history.  NGI affects all criminal history programs with the FBI, including the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and creates better systems for facial recognition and for the identification of scars, marks and tattoos.

NGI introduced multiple features including RISC and Rap Back. Rap Back will allow authorized users to access notifications of any criminal activity reported on individuals holding positions of public trust. The service will also alert criminal justice entities such as probation and parole officers to new criminal activity of people currently under investigation or supervision. The RISC, the Repository for Individuals of Special Concern, capability supports rapid, under 10 seconds, mobile identification against a population which currently includes: wanted persons, sexual offenders, and known or appropriately suspected terrorists.

Lockheed Martin also designed, developed, and deployed the FBI’s previous system, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) — the fingerprint matching component of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).