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Amy Hess: Biometric ID Tech Helps Accelerate FBI’s Criminal Investigations

biometricsAmy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI‘s science and technology branch, has said tools at the bureau’s Biometrics Technology Center have helped agents investigate criminal cases faster, FCW reported Tuesday.

Mark Rockwell writes the FBI and the Defense Department opened the facility at the bureau’s Clarksburg, West Virginia-based campus in August last year.

The center houses the Next Generation Identification platform and other systems designed to examine fingerprints, DNA information, facial traits, body characteristics and voice patterns.

Hess told her audience at the Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement conference held Tuesday in Virginia that the NGI system works to process up to 167,000 fingerprint sets a day and generates an accuracy rate of 99.6 percent.

She added that the biometric facility has developed technology designed to process DNA samples in just two hours without human intervention, FCW reports.

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