LA County to spend $24.4 million on NEC biometric law enforcement tool
16 March 2015 12:26 GMT

The system will be fully interoperable with the FBI’s own multimodal Next Generation Identification (NGI) System.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors plans to install a $24.4 million new multi-modal biometric system to better track arrests.

A 12-year-old fingerprinting system will be replaced by NEC Corporation of America with a solution that includes finger and palm prints, and facial and iris scans, according to official documents.

The contract for a Multimodal Biometric Identification System Solution (MBIS) will last for six years with an option to renew for another four.

The system will be fully interoperable with the FBI’s own multimodal Next Generation Identification (NGI) System, which was launched in October and is currently being rolled out across the country.

An investigative report by NBC Los Angeles in November, citing county sheriff's department documents, wrote that the system will be the largest law enforcement repository outside of the NGI.