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Thursday, April 16, 2015

FBI Forensic Spotlight: Next Generation Identification

The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) System - now the agency's largest information technology system - expands upon and replaces the 15-year-old Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. FBI employees now have instant access to the latest in biometric technology. The system is making successful identifications more quickly and efficiently than before. The planning for NGI began in 2007, and three years later the rollout of the system began with improvements to the electronic identification process for incoming fingerprint submissions. Later additions included improved search techniques for latent and palm prints, as well as a feature important to officer safety - the capability to receive fingerprint queries from mobile devices. The most recent increments have focused on new initiatives in biometrics to further help identify criminals. The system is designed to add features and functions. To learn more, go to

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