The FBI has deployed the final increment in its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, providing new tools designed to improve the bureau’s ability to accurately and efficiently identify criminals.
NGI provides state-of-the-art biometric investigative tools to more than 18,000 local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies across the country.
“With Next Generation Identification, the FBI is improving efficiency for law enforcement by giving them access to faster and more accurate tools,” said Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business. “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.”
Increment 4 introduces Rap Back, which will allow authorized users to access notifications of any criminal activity reported on individuals holding positions of public trust. The service will also alert criminal justice entities such as probation and parole officers to new criminal activity of people currently under investigation or supervision.
The Interstate Photo System, also new in Increment 4, is designed to improve image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal history. NGI affects all criminal history programs with the FBI, including the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and creates better systems for facial recognition and for the identification of scars, marks and tattoos.
NGI will replace the FBI’s legacy Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). IAFIS, also developed and implemented by Lockheed Martin, has been in place since 1999.