After shedding their law enforcement division last month, it looks like Bio-Key's focus on straight biometrics is proving fruitful.
BIO-key Biometric Technology Selected as Part of the Next Generation FBI AFIS System
“FBI Next Generation Identification Automated Finger Identification System Based on Fusion of BIO-key and MorphoTrak Biometric Algorithms
Wall, NJ, September 10, 2009 - BIO-key International, a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced today that the contract recently awarded by Lockheed Martin to provide fingerprint identification technology for the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is based on the fusion of BIO-key and MorphoTrak biometric algorithms. The fusion of the algorithms of these two powerful biometric providers was a key component to delivering the speed, accuracy and reliability of the solution that was selected.
"This is the most important award the company has ever received and it may be the most important biometric contract ever awarded," said Mike DePasquale, BIO-key's CEO.
It is no exaggeration to say that the U.S. FBI is the most discerning and most demanding fingerprint user in the world. The award of the contract for the FBI's NGI system was the result of a competitive trade study process that rigorously and objectively evaluated vendors' solutions. BIO-key and MorphoTrak were able to fuse their two fingerprint biometric algorithms to deliver unsurpassed speed and accuracy results from a single fingerprint sample. This innovative technology achievement advances the finger matching process beyond what has been previously been available.
"We appreciate the privilege of being selected to be part of this vital national identification project along with MorphoTrak and we look forward to working with the FBI and its contractors including Lockheed Martin to successfully implement and support the most advanced biometric system ever deployed," Mr. DePasquale added.
"The results we have been able to achieve are extraordinary," stated Mira LaCous, Vice President of Technology and Development. "BIO-key's core algorithm accuracy and image enhancement/correction solutions provided major improvements to the FBI's current system, and we believe surpassed all other competing technologies. The BIO-key technology provided to MorphoTrak has been developed in the United States and is being used today by our customers in commercial applications, as well as other major large scale civil ID programs..”
"The selection of BIO-key technology by the FBI, through their contractors Lockheed Martin and MorphoTrak, to be part of the NGI system, validates that BIO-key has some of the industry's most accurate and scalable fingerprint matching technology,” CEO DePasquale observed. “Other agencies and commercial customers, looking to take advantage of the research, testing and decision by the FBI may now reasonably conclude: ’If it is good enough for the FBI, it's certainly good enough for our organization’." Mr. DePasquale concluded that ‘We are thrilled with how well BIO-key is positioned and with the quality of our references as we look to our future biometric business potential.’”