Nov 16th 2020 | Posted in Technology by Texas Government Insider

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking manufacturer input related to Case-specific Automated Fingerprint Identification (CAFIS) software.
DPS is interested in a solution that will perform in-depth, automated searches between a latent print and known exemplar prints for use by DPS friction ridge forensic scientists in the crime laboratory.
The software must be able to perform 360-degree searches and both the capability to enter multiple different known exemplars and mirror and invert latent prints upon entry. It must have the capability to search finger and palm prints at the same time. It may be a standalone system compatible with Windows 10 operating system.
Friction ridge forensic scientists are responsible for developing, preserving, comparing, and identifying latent prints left at crime scenes and submitted to the laboratory for analysis. The friction ridge section does not have automated technology to aid the scientist in the comparison of a latent print to a known exemplar.
By incorporating CAFIS, the department would increase the efficiency and accuracy of the current workflow of its friction ridge examiners.
DPS is seeking to add a case specific AFIS program to the DPS friction ridge program that would increase efficiency, help potentially decrease false negative rates, and would eliminate unnecessary uses of DPS AFIS resources.
RFI responses will be reviewed with the goal of developing a solicitation for eventual award by DPS. Submissions are due by 3 p.m. on November 27.