CrimTrac searches for new fingerprints ID system

System will need to recognise fingerprints, faces, palm prints, speech, scars, marks and tattoos

Federal government information sharing agency CrimTrac has commenced the search for a new system that will recognise fingerprints, faces, palm prints, speech, scars, marks and tattoos.

According to CrimTrac, the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) is the only system that provides federal, state and territory police with access to fingerprint data.

“The search for a replacement system has been designed to ensure Australia is at the cutting edge of identification practices, particularly the speed at which we can match latent finger and palm prints found at crime scenes,” said CrimTrac.

CrimTrac wants to replace the NAFIS with a new system by 2017.

“Consideration will be given to expanding the type of data collected to allow police to match evidence to both suspects and crimes,” it said.

“Modern policing demands IT capability that can easily assist in greater and faster collection of evidence, which can be accessed nationwide.”

In addition, CrimTrac has issued a request for tender (RFT) for a new ICT service provider. According to tender documents, ICT services are distributed between a managed services provider, internal staff and other third party ICT service providers.

CrimTrac wants to change this by giving the successful tenderer “responsibility over design, project management and implementation for project activities as requested by the Agency [Crim Trac]".

Meanwhile, CrimTrac staff will provide governance oversight and policy to the new ICT services partner.

Some routine ICT services that are performed by CrimTrac staff will be shifted to the partner, allowing government staff to work on strategy and contract management tasks.

CrimTrac will continue to own all of its IT equipment, software and maintenance agreements.

The deadline for replies is 9 September 2014.

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