BIO-key International, Inc., the Wall, NJ-headquartered developer of cutting-edge identification solutions based on cost-effective, high-performance, scalable, and easy-to-use and deploy biometric finger scanning technology, announced yesterday that the Sheriff’s Office of Oklahoma County (OK) has succeeded in implementing a statewide, FBI-compliant, law enforcement mobile data system authentication solution, based on BKYI’s technology.
FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) databases now require advanced user authentication protocols for access via in-vehicle laptops, and this fingerprint scanning system (installed in over 400 vehicles with projections of 800 by project completion) is designed to fully satisfy those requirements while simplifying the logon process for law enforcement.
This project is managed by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, which hosts the mobile data system, providing statewide service to over 70 law enforcement agencies from municipal to federal, and is funded via the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council under the federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.
The power of BKYI’s patented Vector Segment Technology™ (VST™) lies in the software environment, where the ingeniously engineered fingerprint matching algorithm is fully-integrated with BKYI partner Interact Public Safety Systems-developed mobile data solution InterActMobile, currently in use.
Because the BKYI solution is reader-independent, any fingerprint scanner can be used, and in general BKYI solutions can be used in existing OEM infrastructure, making rock-solid, biometrically secured authentication via an essentially platform-independent workflow that is simple and easy to implement.
This effortless feature allows incredibly flexible fingerprint reader solution architectures to be constructed which are able to meet, and even exceed, stringent US Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) for Personal Identification Verification (PIV) for law enforcement user’s standards.
And the design is so good that the system is also a 2-finger, NIST-certified capture device for digital fingerprinting which allows field officers to use the same reader to rapidly ID persons of interest via wireless connectivity, thus delimiting need for more readers downstream.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Matt Jackson characterized receptivity to the new system by field officers as fantastic, and applauded the ease of use and robustness of the system’s design by saying: “unlike a token or smartcard, you can’t damage, misplace or lose your fingerprint.”
CEO of BKYI Mike DePasquale suggested that all eyes would be on OK as the FBI compliance standards deadline approaches, and pointed to the accommodating partner solutions the Company provides using the same great technology for authenticating on departmental workstations.
DePasquale also highlighted the truly revolutionary ability of the system to enroll and authenticate a user once, and then allow that user to authenticate anywhere on any device or even in other applications.