The FBI’s Next Generation Identitification (NGI) system is now fully operational, having gone online September 7, 2014. With the NGI system in place, the Bureau has new tools to help identify criminals with greater efficiency and accuracy than the old hard-copy methods.
The NGI’s full activation is a major milestone in the world of identity, and as such it has been a major focus at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida this week, having the event’s opening keynote presented on the topic. Today, Lockheed Martin announced that it played a role in the NGI’s development, leading a team that delivered four major increments of the system since 2011, resulting in the achievement of the system’s full operational capacity.
Stephanie C. Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business comments: “With Next Generation Identification, the FBI is improving efficiency for law enforcement by giving them access to faster and more accurate tools. We provide technology that allows the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to spend less time waiting for results and more time keeping Americans and their families safe. This milestone is the culmination of six years of work in partnership with the FBI.”
The most recent increment delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led team includes Rap Back and the Interstate Photo System. The former allows authorized users to access notifications of any criminal activity reported on individuals holding positions of public trust while also alerting justice entities of new criminal activity related to persons under investigation or supervision. The latter improves image search capabilities for photos associated with criminal history.
Just before the NGI went live, FindBiometrics reported on the FBI’s decision to preserve the hard copy criminal files – including fingerprints – of notable criminals that has passed into American folklore like John Dillinger.
Septermber 18, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter