Fulcrum Biometrics

FbF Live Scan Electronic Fingerprint System, Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) Compatible

Fulcrum Biometrics announced the availability of FbF Live Scan. The FBI has certified that FbF LiveScan meets specifications listed in the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) 9.3 Appendix F Live Scan Specifications of the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (IAFIS) Image Quality Specifications. FbF LiveScan has also been tested for backwards compatibility with the Electronic Fingerprint Transmission Specification (EFTS) 7.1 format, which is used by the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) program. SWFT provides Department of Defense contractors the ability to easily transition to electronic capture and submission of fingerprints under the new specification – a process that is critical for expediting personnel security clearance background checks that impact US national security.

Currently, there are 13,300 companies that are considered “cleared facilities” and are thus eligible to access classified information under the National Industrial Security Program for the US Department of Defense. When an employee working for a cleared facility requires access to classified information, the company must obtain a personnel security clearance for that individual. This involves the submission of fingerprints and other data to the Office of Personnel Management for the processing of FBI background investigations. By December 31, 2013, all cleared facilities are required to submit these fingerprints electronically. To date, only 11% of these cleared facilities submit fingerprints electronically.

FbF LiveScan has an intuitive Microsoft Silverlight user interface and features high image quality for both flat and rolled fingerprints. The interface is customizable and expandable for use in local, state and national-scale implementations. FbF LiveScan is suitable for a wide range of uses for both civil and criminal identification, such as national voter registration and identification, employee background checks, offender and visitor enrollment and identification. By combining FbF LiveScan with additional FbF products, such as the FbF bioServer (multi-biometric matching engine), FbF LiveScan can become an integral part of a more comprehensive AFIS/ABIS system but at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions.

FbF LiveScan software is currently integrated with the Futronic FS60 professional fingerprint scanner from Futronic. The high quality fingerprint images of the Futronic FS60 are certified as FBI EBTS Appendix F compliant and its high speed scanning combined with compact and robust hardware make the Futronic FS60 ideal for use with FbF LiveScan in a wide variety of use cases. In addition to working with Futronic FS60, the FbF LiveScan software can be made to work with other Appendix F certified live scan hardware on request, giving customers a selection of hardware to choose from.

FbF LiveScan supports Microsoft Windows XP or higher, Microsoft .NET 4.0 or higher and the MS SQL database. Other FbF system components include the FbF bioServer multi-biometric matching engine, FbF mobileOne fingerprint accessory for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, FbF Demographica Enrollment and Identification System, and FbF developer tools.

The SWFT program enables the electronic submission of fingerprints and demographic information, eliminating the time-consuming and error-prone manual process of collecting and submitting hardcopy fingerprints. Because FbF LiveScan is listed on the FBI IAFIS Approved Product List, users of FbF LiveScan can take advantage of the SWFT program to comply with the Department of Defense directive to submit electronic fingerprints. While this standard is mandated, it also supports the goals established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

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