Law Enforcement2019-04-22T15:15:38-04:00

Law Enforcement

Aware software and solutions have been used for a variety of law enforcement applications since the early 1990s. At the heart of several Aware solutions for law enforcement is Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™). BioSP is an off-the-shelf software product that runs on a server to execute custom workflows and data processing steps. It is configurable to support specific data formatting and routing requirements, and can be easily installed in a network to 1) ensure an open, modular network design that is agnostic to specific hardware and software products, 2) make EFTS records more accessible and useful, 3) save time and prevent errors through automation of critical functions, and 4) ensure compliance and quality. BioSP-based solutions include the Mobile Device Gateway Server used to enable search of biometric databases from mobile devices, and search of local biometric data such as mugshots. Administrators can configure the system, read and edit data, and run custom reports from a browser.

Law Enforcement Solutions

Aware also provides workstation applications for biometric capture and forensic analysis. URC is a biometric enrollment application. FaceWorkbench is used to submit facial images to the FBI’s Interstate Photo System or some other facial image database, then analyze the results to determine a match. There are other useful forensic applications in our WorkbenchSuite family of products.

Biometric modalities supported include live scan and card scan fingerprints, palm, face, and iris. Functions fulfilled by Aware solutions for law enforcement include the following:

  • Mobile device gateway server. Device- and AFIS-agnostic integration of mobile biometric search devices
  • Access to FBI facial search services. Access to new, advanced FBI Next-Generation IAFIS (NGI) services, including facial biometric search
  • EFTS validation and editing. FBI and State-specific EFTS transaction compliance validation, with manual editing for easy resubmission
  • Transaction management. Complete management of all inbound and outbound EFTS transactions, with duplicate submission detection
  • NIST Archive. Secure storage of all inbound and outbound transactions including fingerprint images, mugshots, metadata, and audit logs
  • FBI-certified printing and PDFs. IQS-certified PDF generation and printing of tenprint and palm cards
  • Browser-based interface. Browser-based searching, viewing, and annotation of all archived transactions
  • CCH data interchange. XML-based interface and automated data interchange with Computerized Criminal History (CCH) systems
  • Configurable workflows. Automated sharing and archival of transactions and logs through easily customized workflows
  • Advanced search. Indexing and searching of biographics and metadata, with wildcard and partial word searches
  • Facial image search and results analysis. Search of FBI Interstate Photo System and other facial image databases.

Solutions for Law Enforcement

Probationer and parolee monitoring

Aware offers mobile biometric verification technology and solutions for monitoring of probationers and parolees.  They utilize Aware’s Nexa|Face Mobile and Nexa|Voice Mobile products for mobile biometric verification and liveness detection.  Instead of a GPS ankle bracelet, the subject uses a mobile phone equipped with GPS and camera to capture their location, as well as biometric face and/or voice data used to ensure that they are performing their own check-in and that it isn’t being spoofed.  The biometric data can be stored and compared either on a server, or on the device, in which case no central storage of biometric data is necessary.

Parole Monitoring

Mobile device gateway server

BioSP can be configured as a mobile device gateway server that enables offsite search of local biometric databases and the FBI RISC database. This solution enables state and local law enforcement organizations to quickly assess the level of threat posed by an individual encountered on patrol without needing to transport or detain them. The solution allows officers in the field to use mobile fingerprint devices to collect and submit an individual’s fingerprints for comparison against the FBI RISC (Repository for Individuals of Special Concern) database as well as a state and/or local AFIS.

BioSP performs as an intermediary between the mobile communication system and the state AFIS, which submits the search request to the FBI and receives the response. BioSP performs data communication, transposition, routing, and workflow so that agencies have the freedom to use a variety of mobile fingerprint capture devices and existing mobility infrastructure.

Mobile device gateway server

  • Transaction management for mobile ID transactions
  • Supports different types of mobile devices in same network; easily add new devices
  • Independent of AFIS platform and devices
  • Standards-compliant ANSI/NIST ITL and EBTS data interchange
  • Standards-compliant interface to FBI RISC services
  • Open interfaces to legacy subsystems (e-mail, FTP, HTTPS, web services)
  • Accommodates different biometric modalities, including face and iris
  • Compliant with DHS 4300A and FBI CJIS Mobile security policies
  • Performs data communication, transposition, routing, and workflow
  • Customizable workflow, reporting and PDF document generation
  • Can be set up for lights-out or manual search
  • Can be integrated with existing CCH, RMS, JMS, and mugshot systems
  • Enables centralized system administration and user management

Biometric transaction integration and management

BioSP can be used to integrate biometric data with legacy subsystems. It receives queries and enrollments submitted from the booking workstations, and then execute configurable formatting and routing rules to process and distribute the data to and from FBI NGI, state AFIS, and CCH systems. Universal Registration Client (URC) is used to collect fingerprint and face biometrics and other information as part of a booking process.


  • workstation application configuration and distribution management
  • enrollment data aggregation
  • interface to an external AFIS service or channeler


Fingerprint card scanning

Aware offers a market-leading solution for fingerprint card scanning that utilizes FormScanner and BioSP. This solution is used to scan fingerprint cards and submit them in standard-compliant format to centralized fingerprint search systems. FormScanner is a family of applications used to scan fingerprint cards using consumer-grade scanning equipment such as the Epson 11000XL, and create standards-compliant digital transactions used for fingerprint-based search against an AFIS. FormScannerSE has a user interface used to assist manual entry of data from fingerprint cards. FormScannerMB performs automated scanning of large batches of fingerprint cards with multiple scanners in use. Advanced real-time reporting is provided during a batch scan. Form recognition and image quality enhancements are performed. FormScannerSWFT is configured specifically for SWFT submissions. BioComponents operate within FormScanner for text capture, fingerprint scanning workflow, and data validation and submission.

BioSP is used to validate, aggregate, and distribute standards-compliant digital transactions created from fingerprint card scanning to and from AFIS and CCH systems.

Fingerprint card scanning

Local biometric search

Aware offers AwareABIS™ to populate and search a local biometric database in conjunction with search of external systems. BioSP can be used together with Astra and one or more of the Nexa SDKs to perform a search of a local biometric database. Where BioSP is used to manage the database and user interactions, Nexa SDKs include the algorithms to perform the biometric search. URC can be used to capture biometric data for search and to report results.

Local Biometric Search

Search of FBI Interstate Photo System

FaceWorkbench is an application for analysis and processing of candidates returned as a result of a facial biometric search. The workflow of the application facilitates submission of a facial image for search to a facial recognition system, including FBI face matching services. FaceWorkbench provides a user interface and systematic workflow to enable an analyst to analyze and process the candidates returned from the search.

The features of the facial images of the probe and candidate are automatically located and used to align the images. There are advanced image enhancement functions, including swipe bars, color and other enhancements, and a synchronized, configurable magnifier. Comparison tools allow the images to be overlaid and blended, split, stacked, and checkered. The user can be prompted to perform best practices based on published industry standards, and keep track of which practices have been performed.

View and categorize candidates in search results

View and categorize candidates in search results

Analyze and compare candidate images to determine match or non-match

Analyze and compare candidate images to determine match or non-match

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