MorphoBIS identification solution helps APD to maximise system security and streamline system administration MorphoTrak, a subsidiary company of Morpho (Safran), announced recently that it will provide a major upgrade to the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The upgrade includes replacement of the previous fingerprint identification system with MorphoTrak's flagship biometric identification solution, MorphoBIS. In a strategic step to maximise system security and streamline system administration, the APD has chosen to house MorphoBIS in Morpho Cloud, an innovative multi-biometric identification-as-a-service solution. The service solution feature of the new cloud technology allows agencies to use software applications as services, and store data on secured vendor-owned and managed servers maintained at peak performance. "Officers are looking forward to the enhanced speed and precision of searches with MorphoBIS," said Rishma Khimji, APD Director of Technical Services. "In particular, the ability to perform direct searches of the FBI's databases, without the use of the intermediate Universal Latent Workstation, will save officers hours each week, and allow them to work the most urgent cases." Enhanced speed and precision of searches MorphoBIS delivers substantial improvements in terms of matching accuracy and speed over the previous system, and the new end-user application offers a modern, more intuitive user interface. MorphoTrak will manage the agency's upgraded AFIS as a service via Morpho Cloud, which offers three important advantages: access to technology that is "evergreen," flexible technical resources, and the assurance of secured data. The APD's data is physically and logically secured. Morpho Cloud is hosted on Microsoft Azure Government, a cloud platform designed to meet FBI CJIS security policy requirements for structural and digital security. The APD's data and services are safeguarded by Azure's use of redundant, geographically distant data centres. Public security & crimes prevention "The Albuquerque Police Department is taking the lead in the law enforcement community by converting its traditional on-premise AFIS to a service-based solution in the cloud," said Steve Vinsik, Vice President of MorphoTrak's Criminal Justice and Public Security business unit. "We're pleased to be a part of this forward-looking effort that enhances the performance of the Albuquerque Police Department's biometric identification solution, assures the security of data, and supplies law enforcement officers with the capabilities they need to protect the public and solve crimes."
The livescan technology will enable tribes to participate in national criminal justice information services Spectrum Systems ("Spectrum") is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Justice Management Division to provide livescan technology in support of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information. DOJ recently launched the initial phase of TAP to provide federally-recognised tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP will allow tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data. DOJ selected the first 10 tribes to participate in an initial User Feedback Phase of TAP, which includes an integrated workstation that features a computer, palm/fingerprint scanner, camera, flatbed scanner, and printer to provide access to and the ability to enter data into national crime information systems. Sharing criminal justice information Spectrum is partnered with MorphoTrak, an industry leader in livescan technology and biometrics and identity solutions. Together, Spectrum and MorphoTrak will provide livescan technology that enables tribes to participate in national criminal justice information services through authorised use of and connectivity to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems via DOJ's Justice Management Division. The contract is worth an estimated $15M over five years. "Streamlined sharing of critical information is a significant milestone in enhancing the policing capability of our tribal law enforcement agencies," states Steve Vinsik, Vice President of the MorphoTrak's Criminal Justice and Public Security Business Unit. "Working with Spectrum Systems and leveraging our world-class research and development resources, we are uniquely positioned to deliver a tailored yet flexible solution for the DOJ's ground-breaking pilot programme." "Spectrum Systems is proud to collaborate with MorphoTrak in support of the DOJ Tribal Access Programme," states Barry Culman, CEO of Spectrum Systems. "The solutions we provide will benefit the tribes by offering them access to critical state and federal databases for information sharing related to criminal records for both criminal and civil purposes."
MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), announced the launch of Morpho Cloud, a secure and flexible multi-biometric identification-as-a-service solution, at the Florida International Association for Identification (FDIAI) 56th annual Educational Training Conference. The conference took place in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 18 - 22, 2015. Morpho worked with Microsoft Corporation to develop a cloud service for Morpho's flagship Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS). Morpho Cloud is hosted on Microsoft Azure Government, the cloud platform with a contractual commitment to support several U.S. government standards for data security, including the FBI's CJIS Security Policy. Backed by the Microsoft Azure Government platform, Morpho Cloud complies with the stringent security standards for storage, transmission, monitoring, and recovery of digital information. Data security and integrity In the further interest of security, Morpho Cloud is hosted in the U.S., and operated by U.S. persons with the appropriate level of clearance. To protect the integrity of the data, it is stored in regional geo-redundant data centres, located at least 500 miles apart. These paired data centres ensure that in the event of a technical failure or a natural disaster in one region, a second regional data centre takes control of the system with no interruption of service or loss of data. This combination of security and integrity guarantees high availability of the system's data. "The Morpho Cloud platform provides mission critical multi-biometric identification services scaled to address the operational needs of our customers," noted Steve Vinsik, Vice President, MorphoTrak. "Working with Microsoft enables us to leverage the power of the Azure platform to provide the flexibility, manageability, and security that our customers demand." Safeguarding biometric identification solutions To address the broadest range of customers' needs, Morpho brings the full spectrum of its technologies to the cloud, starting now with friction ridge biometrics, facial biometrics, and iris recognition. Morpho Cloud leverages the flexibility of Microsoft Azure Government to provide customers with an AFIS that is evergreen -- always functioning at the peak of AFIS technology -- and to build new services such as Cloud Disaster Recovery for existing on-premises AFIS customers. Richard Zak, Director of Justice & Public Safety Solutions for Microsoft's U.S. State & Local Government organisation, commented, "Microsoft Azure Government was developed to help protect and preserve sensitive government data and citizen privacy. Morpho's federal government and state and local law enforcement customers can be confident in choosing Morpho Cloud to safeguard the function and content of their biometric identification solutions."
This strategic location reflects MorphoTrak’s commitment to deliver high-quality services to FBI Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette recently joined company officials in announcing MorphoTrak's first West Virginia facility. "We're excited for MorphoTrak to join our biometric community," Burdette said. "This location makes a lot of sense for them because it's close to a major end-user, the FBI, and our High Tech Corridor. MorphoTrak is a major player in the biometric field, and we're thrilled to have them in West Virginia." Biometric solutions for federal and commercial sectors MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), provides biometric identity and security solutions for clients in an array of sectors, including law enforcement, government services, border control, and commercial security. The company plans to establish a Program Management and Engineering office at the new facility, and recruit from the local pool of experienced and well-qualified professionals to manage and support high-technology engineering projects. "We see many benefits from establishing our first Morpho facility in Morgantown," said Steve Vinsik, Vice President of the MorphoTrak Criminal Justice and Public Security Business Unit. "This strategic location reflects our commitment to deliver responsive and high-quality services to the FBI, our key federal end-user." Partnerships and advancements The company also works with several state agencies including providing the West Virginia State Police Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Nationwide, the company provides mission critical security solutions to more than 1,000 federal, state and local government agencies and commercial enterprises. The Morgantown location will also allow the company to expand its work with West Virginia University's biometrics and forensics programmes. Mr. Vinsik noted, "Our new research partnership with West Virginia University will allow us to drive innovation and provide technology advancements that will benefit the entire biometric industry, and continue Morpho's position as the world leader in identification services."