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Lockheed Martin delivers first advanced tech workstations for FBI program
Bethesda, MD-based Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Advanced Technology Workstations (ATWs) as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new biometrics system.
The Next Generation Identification (NGI) workstations replace aging Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) service provider workstations, bringing improved capabilities for the FBI’s service providers and analysts, according to a Lockheed Martin statement.
“The current IAFIS receives an average of 160,000 fingerprint transactions per day, and on several occasions it has processed more than 200,000 transactions in a 24-hour period,” FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Deputy Assistant Director Jerome Pender said in the statement. “These ATWs will greatly improve the FBI’s ability to assess fingerprint matches.”
The NGI program’s ATWs offer service providers and analysts significantly larger display screens with higher resolution and true color support, allowing them to see more detailed attributes of biometric data for more efficient decision-making, the company notes.
In addition to enhanced display and processing capabilities, the workstations have an improved system infrastructure featuring commodity hardware architecture to allow for easy, affordable upgrades as technology evolves. The entire NGI system is being designed with a significant degree of flexibility to accommodate new technologies and other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future.
The Lockheed Martin-led NGI team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology (GST), IBM and Innovative Management & Technology Services (IMTS).