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Viisage’s technology was originally developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and translates facial characteristics into a unique set of numbers that they refer to as an “eigenface.” Their technology can be applied for one-to-many identification processes that search large databases of millions of faces for a rapid match within seconds. It can also be applied for one-to-one verification of identity processes such as verification at automatic teller machines. Viisage has the world’s largest installed facial recognition database of over seven million images. Their current customers include federal government agencies; casinos; and local and state police, corrections, and social services departments.

Identix offers a number of biometric solutions including their FingerPrinter CMS live-scan fingerprinting system and FaceIt face-recognition technology. Within the public sector, the FingerPrinter CMS system can capture, print, and transmit fingerprints electronically to the Office of Personnel Management, where they are submitted for searching against the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System database. The system can be used for a variety of background investigation purposes. For example, the Transportation and Aviation Security Act of 2001 mandated fingerprint background checks on all airport employees by the end of October 2002. A number of airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, have adopted the Identix FingerPrinter CMS systems for this purpose. The FaceIt face-recognition technology has been deployed in casinos, soccer matches, and town centers, and the U.S. Army military police has used it as part of a wearable, hands-free, facial surveillance system.


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