Law enforcement

Optimizing biometric algorithms for large-scale law enforcement applications

2019-08-08T14:57:48-04:00By |

The use of biometrics in law enforcement dates as far back as the late 1800s. But early matching methods such as the Henry System were time-consuming and often inconclusive; it wasn’t until the 1970s that computers began helping law enforcement agencies automate fingerprint matching to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy. In the 1980s, the FBI [...]

Biometrics in government: Enhanced security and convenience for citizens

2019-06-04T11:47:36-04:00By |

A brief history of biometrics Fingerprint-based identification began in law enforcement. An Argentine detective first solved a crime using a latent print (left behind by the perpetrator) in 1892. In 1901, detectives in England and Wales officially began using fingerprints in criminal identification. Their use snowballed from there. By 1946, the FBI managed a [...]

Facial Biometric Search – Examiner Tools Can Make the Difference

2019-03-26T13:43:58-04:00By |

The proliferation of digital cameras and facial images has made facial biometrics extremely useful for criminal investigations, and increasingly so for identity applications beyond law enforcement. As with fingerprints, the use of facial biometrics needs to meet certain criteria to make them admissible in court or for whatever legal basis might be required. In these [...]