Biometric Center of Excellence


December 23, 2011

The FBI is advancing its use of biometrics with the building of the Biometric Center of Excellence.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI is advancing its use of biometrics with the building of the Biometric Center of Excellence.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week.

Biometric technology helps the Bureau and our law enforcement partners identify sex offenders, suspected terrorists, and other wanted persons.

Jerome Pender: What we’re doing is we’re adding new forms of biometrics

Halpern: That includes state-of-the-art biometric technology such as iris recognition, palm print matching, and facial recognition. Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division Jerome Pender…

Pender: We’re very concerned with protecting privacy of the American public, and there’s no intent at all to go out and take pictures of people in public places and try and do facial recognition on them.

Halpern: Upgraded fingerprint identity technology has already been put into use…

Jerome Pender: In the first five days of operations, we made 910 additional identifications that the old system would have missed that the new system picked up

Halpern: To learn more about the FBI’s use of biometric technology, visit www.fbi.gov.

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