"How is the FBI supposed to track down bad guys--including
terrorists--if it can't rely on cross-agency handling of
fingerprints? With new open source software developed on Linux and
written primarily by a programmer working for the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), fingerprint quality
and the ability to match prints taken by a disparate variety of
print scanners is improving dramatically.
"Despite advancements in actual fingerprint-lifting
techniques--often dramatized on popular television shows--and
better quality print scanning that has evolved way beyond the old
ink pad, law enforcement officials often struggle to match
different quality prints that are logged with different
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