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Future of biometrics remains uncertain

The FBI “remains committed to fingerprints” for biometric authentication, Monte C. Strait told the Biometric Symposium 2004 today at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington. Strait, chief of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said the bureau’s collection of 46.9 million digital prints in the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System remains the nation’s only large biometric repository and receives 50,000 queries a day. In contrast, “facial recognition doesn’t have a field-proven application yet, and there’s no iris-scan database,” Strait said, although the bureau is building a photo database and capturing DNA cheek swabs of possible terrorists here and abroad in cooperation with the Defense and State departments. “Facial recognition will have future utility,” he said, “and we are starting to take criminals’ photos more than just straight-on and sideways” to merge the images. Full Story

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