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Fingerprinting History

Livescan systems (fingerprint image capture decks) have been around since 1989 and over the past 20 years have matured into robust USB Plug & Play peripheral devices much like a standard USB desktop printer, mouse or digital camera. In fact today’s the Livescan device is really just a special digital camera that takes “pictures” of an applicants fingerprints.

Here in the United States, until recently, there have only been a handful  of manufactures and large systems integrators involved with Livescan technology. These manufactures and vendors have been enjoying a cash-cow marketing advantage and are charging inflated prices with questionable customer service. Up until the last few years, Livescan technology was literally considered “Black-Box rocket science” with only a handful of experts nationwide with the knowledge of how Livescan software worked “under the hood” so to speak. These vendors hope to keep it that way and continue to “mystify” end users to the supposed technical complexity of their Livescan systems to justify their high cost.

Fortunately, there have been a number of significant developments in fingerprint technology within the last two years that are helping to re-shape the industry:

  • Revised FBI EBTS data formatting rules standard
  • FBI’s Recent Adoption of Type 14 Identification Flats Transaction
  • Several new manufactures entering the Livescan space with low cost, high performance FBI certified Livescan decks
  • Recent introduction of the FBI’s Certified Channelers Contract and channeler certifications in late 2007

The result will be the rapid, global adoption for the use of ten flat fingerprints, or “Identification Flats” (ID Flats) for applications requiring fingerprint based identification of civilians in both private and public sectors.

For example, with the FBI’s new EBTS Identification Flats transaction, now ANYONE without any prior fingerprint training or skill can produce high quality finger impressions in 30 seconds or less with only few minutes of self training! No rolling of fingerprints required. This greatly reduces the complexity of the system, the time necessary to interact with the applicant and the cost to operate a fingerprint system.

Thanks to the above, these advancements are now helping Advanced Livescan introduce a new generation of affordable, innovative high value fingerprint compliance solutions.

Livescan FAQ's

Q. Who's Eligible for the FBI’s National Criminal History Background Checks (Fingerprint Felony Search)?

A. Your organization is qualified if it is a nongovernmental entity authorized by Federal statute or Federal executive order under Public Law 92-544 to receive criminal history record information (CHRI) for noncriminal justice purposes. This would include such things as employment suitability, licensing determinations, national security clearance, and immigration and naturalization matters. Your organization is qualified if it is a government agency authorized by Federal statute, executive order, or State statute which has been approved by the US Attorney General to receive CHRI for noncriminal justice purposes.

IAFIS Facts   

  • As of June 14, 2011 IAFIS searches the fingerprints of over 69.4 million subjects in the National Criminal History Record File (over 295 million arrest cycles)
  • The civil file contains an estimated 30 million subjects
  • Increases by 8,000-10,000 subjects each day
  • Database includes approximately:
    • 632,520 Active Wants
    • 566,771 Sex Offenders
    • Known and Suspected Terrorists – 73,357
  • More than 18,000 local, state, federal, and international partners electronically submit to IAFIS
  • Interstate Photo File has 11,509,127 million photos for over 6.4 million records
  • IAFIS identified 27,286 fugitives in May as a result of tenprint processing
  • Yearly Volume Tenprint Fingerprint Submissions to IAFIS
    • Fiscal Year 2011 to date – 32.7 million
    • Fiscal Year 2010 – 61.3 million
    • Fiscal Year 2009 – 52.7 million
  • Average monthly transaction volume: 134,391 per day
    • Civil Electronic Fingerprint Submissions Average Response Time – 1 hour, 34 minutes and 36 seconds 99.13 percent completed within 12 hours
    • Electronic Non-Federal User Fee (NFUE) Fingerprint Submissions Average Response Time - 46 seconds 98.18 percent completed within 15 minutes


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