100,000 Dollar Federal Grant Pays Police Departments for Facial Biometric Collection Tech

Kaye Beach

Dec 26, 2011

Expect the biometric collecting efforts to visibly ramp up now since the FBI is working on populating their Next Generation Identification database in earnest.

From Homeland Security News Wire Dec. 22, 2011

Hunter Systems will sell and configure up to thirty-one Hunter SmartShot systems to twenty police departments in Orange County and to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Hunter Systems Group, Inc. said it has entered into a contract with the Integrated Law & Justice Agency for Orange County (ILJAOC), a Joint Powers Authority representing the Criminal Justice System in a county of more than three million people. Under the terms of the agreement, Hunter will sell and configure up to thirty-one Hunter SmartShot systems to twenty police departments in Orange County and to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The contract, funded using federal grants, is worth in excess of $100,000, and will allow local police departments and law enforcement agencies to take consistent, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-compliant, facial recognition-ready mug shot photographs with a click of a mouse.

. . .Upon fulfillment of the ILJAOC contract, Hunter SmartShot will be installed in more than 200 law enforcement agencies around the United States, including Orange County, California, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

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