Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Accurate Biometrics awarded contract for Live Scan Fingerprinting Services by Fermilab

May 28, 2019
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Accurate Biometrics awarded contract for Live Scan Fingerprinting Services by Fermilab in Batavia, IL

Itasca-based Accurate Biometrics, a nationwide fingerprint service provider, has been awarded an up to 5-year contract by Femilab in Batavia, IL

On May 8, 2019 Accurate Biometrics, Inc was awarded the “Live Scan Fingerprinting Services” contract for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in Batavia, IL. The purpose of the contact is to provide live scan fingerprinting services for specific Fermi Research Alliance LLC employees, to conduct FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record information background checks.

The contract is for one year with 4 optional renewal years.

Fermilab is the United States’ premier particle physics laboratory. “We work on the world's most advanced particle accelerators and dig down to the smallest building blocks of matter. We also probe the farthest reaches of the universe, seeking out the nature of dark matter and dark energy.” To learn more about Fermilab, visit http://www.fnal.gov/

About Accurate Biometrics
Accurate Biometrics is a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business providing live scan fingerprinting service and solutions. We are a trusted leader in the biometric services industry, and the preferred choice of Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate and other organizational entities. Accurate Biometrics is one of the first companies nationally to submit fingerprints to a State AFIS System for non-criminal justice history record checks. We have proudly provided innovative fingerprint solutions to our clients for nearly 20 years.


This news release has been issued by Accurate Biometrics, a certified fingerprint vendor and independent resource for fingerprint collection and processing. We are subject matter experts for live scan, card scan, electronic fingerprint transmission, FBI fingerprint-background checks and processing productivity, backed by 20 years of experience.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Chemical and DNA analyses yield a wealth of information from fingerprints

Photo showing chemical migration from a fingerprint's peaks to its valleys.
Palmitic acid (green) migrates from a fingerprint's peaks to its valleys. Credit: Muramoto/NIST


Advances in chemical and DNA analyses are able to glean much more information from fingerprints in the lab. Scientists have devised sensitive tests to analyze biomolecules such as amino acids and fatty acids, as well as chemicals a person may have touched, including drugs and explosives. New information revealed by chemical and DNA testing may be eventually admissible in court. 

Latent fingerprints have been used by forensic scientists to link a criminal to crime scene for over a century. New types of research can add more information to help identity crime scene fingerprints, especially if the prints are smudged or of poor quality.

Like unique fingerprint patterns, DNA can help conclusively identity individuals. In older cases, DNA extracted from archived fingerprints may be the only DNA evidence available. Black fingerprint dust and the chemical fuming did not render the DNA unusable. Instead fingerprints were protected and preserved, sandwiched between the tape and card. In the last decade scientists have developed a way to extract and concentrate minute amounts of DNA for testing. They worked with prints up to 28 years old.

Latent fingerprints contain sweat, skin cells and thousands of chemicals. Scientists are testing ways to determine biological data such as sex and age, and also what substances a person might have touched. For example, analysis has shown that amino acids are present in fingerprints at roughly twice the level in females as in males. Further testing is ongoing to be able to distinguish samples between different people regardless of sex. 

As a fingerprint ages, the chemicals deposited with the print travel from the ridges to the valleys. This observation led scientists to wonder if the phenomenon could be used to date a fingerprint. Initial research focused on the migration of fatty acids over a few days. Researchers have since been able to predict the age of the fingerprint to several months. In forensic analysis, the age of a fingerprint could be used to fix the time of a crime or rule out prints too old be relevant to a crime scene.




Fingerprints are more than just patterns; they’re chemical identities

By Kerri Jansen, March 10, 2019 | Chemical & Engineering News (c&en), Vol. 97, Issue 10


Determining The Age Of Fingerprints

By Andrea Widener, Chemical & Engineering News (c&en), Vol., 93 Issue 34. Issue Date: August 31, 2015


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Biometrics in healthcare: improving accuracy, safety and privacy

Digital records in healthcare concept image

The shift from paper-based records to electronic health records (EHR) has allowed for more accurate and up-to-date information, highly coordinated and efficient care, secure sharing of patient data and fewer medical errors. 

These benefits rely on accurate verification of patient identity. To meet this challenge, some healthcare institutions are moving away from biographic identifiers (such as name, date-of-birth, SSN) to biometric identifiers (including fingerprint, face, iris and voice). 

Medical information can be stolen, lost, forged, mistyped and duplicated. A biometric identifier, unique to one person, helps make medical record keeping cleaner, with fewer duplicates, and less risk of treating the wrong patient.

If a patient is registered, biometric identification is especially useful if a patient cannot assert their own identity. Biometric ID verification also helps prevent attempts at identity misrepresentation to receive healthcare without payment. 

For patients at home, accessing healthcare records online may be easier with biometric ID. Passwords can be hard to remember, especially when infrequently used. Biometric ID can also be part of a multi-factor verification system. For example, if a patient has trouble logging in online, a message can be sent to a smartphone that prompts a biometric verification. 

Biometric verification can also be used for patients picking up prescriptions at a pharmacy. In the future, biometric verification can provide a secure and convenient login to telemedicine portals.

In a Pew Charitable Trust Survey, most patients responded in favor of biometrics for identity verification citing: decreased medical errors, a more complete picture of one's health for clinicians, and better security than using demographic data as an identifier. Clinician respondents also favored biometrics; many already use it for access control for their staff.

The main reservation to the widespread adoptance of biometric ID in healthcare relates to standardization, and acceptance by governing bodies to encourage their use.


Biometrics in healthcare: Improved safety and privacy for patients

Published 2019 by Aware, Inc., Aware.com



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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A “fingerprint” to detect counterfeit goods with your smart phone

Photo of a UPC code enhanced to verify product authenticity.

Credit: Thomas Just Sørensen


Consumers of a wide array of goods — from luxury watches, designer handbags and athletic shoes to medications, bottles of wine and tins of biscuits — have not been able to easily check the authenticity of an item they purchased. They have to trust every step of the manufacturing and supply chain.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed a system to use a smart phone and phone app to check whether a product is genuine or fake. The system involves printing a QR-code on a label, or tag, and then spraying the code with a transparent ink that contains readable micro particles. After nearly 10,000 tests with no false positives, the researchers are confident they have created “the world’s safest” anti-counterfeiting system.

The tags, or chemical "fingerprints", are inexpensive to produce, and as unique as fingerprints. The tags can be as small as the size of a comma. Before leaving the factory, a product is tagged, and the tag’s fingerprint is then registered in a database. The UPC code and tag can then be checked back to the database by a smart phone and app.

The University of Copenhagen has patented the system. Currently only the final software component is incomplete. The researchers expect to have that completed this year. Their research has been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.


New weapon to combat counterfeit goods: use your smartphone to check for fake merchandise

Published February 21, 2019, on ScienceDaily; source, the University of Copenhagen.



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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Accurate Biometrics provides the service, speed and accuracy you need in FBI background checks

Photo of international university students


Personal FBI background checks can be requested by individuals through a Departmental Order 556-73. Accurate Biometrics is a leader in providing personal fingerprint-based background checks. In 2011, we were the first FBI Channeler approved to submit Departmental Orders to the FBI, allowing individuals to obtain an Identity History Summary Report, also simply known as an FBI “self-check”.

This FBI self-check is a way to review one’s record, to make sure the information is accurate and up-to-date. An individual can then take steps to challenge and update their record information. An FBI record check can also be used to prove that one does not have a criminal history record.

FBI fingerprint-based background checks are increasingly used by U.S. Citizens and permanent residents as they desire to live, work, teach or study abroad. Many countries such as China, South Korea, Australia, South Africa and Spain are now requiring FBI background checks to fulfill visa requirements. We have processed fingerprint cards from over 90 countries.

FBI background checks are also used for legal requirements, international child adoption for example, and other court related matters.

Accurate Biometrics offers a variety of service options to fit your needs. We can capture your prints with electronic live scan technology. We are able to process FBI fingerprint cards received by mail or expedited delivery. Card scans are usually processed the same day received. Online electronic results are usually available in minutes. Mailed results are sent out within one business day. Our services are much faster and more cost efficient than direct FBI submission.

Accurate Biometrics’ FBI background check service includes:

  • Smart, proprietary software that ensures fingerprint quality standards before prints are submitted. Our fingerprint quality far exceeds the FBI standard and industry average.
  • Electronic submissions are processed instantly. Mailed fingerprint cards are processed within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Results are available through our online portal within 24 hours, but often within minutes after direct FBI submission.
  • Optional mail or expedited delivery options are available for a print copy of results on secure, watermarked paper.
  • A tracking number is provided for mail or expedited delivery of print results.
  • A customer service center is available to offer assistance via phone, chat, or e-mail.

Accurate Biometrics is expert at helping people navigate the background check process. We are a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with nearly 20 years of experience. Let us help you navigate the background check process. Call our Customer Support team at 866-361-9944 if you have any questions, or email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.

To learn more or get started on your personal background check, visit: https://accuratebiometrics.com/nationwide/services/fbi-personal-background


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Understanding the FBI Identity History Summary Check (IdHS)

Concept photo of FBI Identity History Summary Report

What is an FBI Identity History Summary Check?

An FBI Identity History Summary (IdHS) check, also commonly known as a Criminal History Report (CHRI) or “Rap Sheet”, contains information submitted to the FBI related to arrests, and in some cases, federal employment, naturalization or military service. It may also include sex offender registry information and other information.

If the information is related to an arrest, the IdHS report contains the date of the arrest, the arrest charge and the disposition of the arrest, if known and reported. The information in the IdHS report is taken from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information reported by authorized criminal justice agencies, including State, Federal, and other contributors, including other countries.

A U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73, commonly called a Departmental Order, allows you to obtain a copy of your IdHS report for review, or to prove that one does not exist (that you do not have a criminal record). Other common reasons for requesting a Departmental Order include to meet a requirement to live, work or travel abroad; or to adopt a child.

What type of information is contained in the FBI IdHS criminal history report?

An FBI IdHS report or “Rap Sheet” contains information from agencies who report about arrests; interim and final court dispositions (if known); and warrant and wanted information. Arrest information includes the name of the arresting agency, arrest date, the charge, the name of the individual, and the individual's date-of-birth and other personal identifiers. Arrest information is fingerprint-based. An arrested individual’s fingerprints are retained by the FBI as part of the arrest record.

The rap sheet may include final and interim court disposition information and other criminal and/or civil event information. Criminal events may include items such as a filing decision from a States Attorney's office, or custody information from the Department of Corrections, or warrant and wanted information. A Civil event may include information such as a restraining order of protection. Again, this information can come from State, Federal and other contributors, including other countries. The report should not contain expunged criminal data events.

IdHS Record Access Restrictions

An IdHS report may be requested by an authorized recipient, permitted access through state or federal law (such as bank employees, or those who protect vulnerable populations) to verify an applicant for employment or licensing. Entities authorized to request FBI record information must notify the individual being fingerprinted that their prints will be used to check FBI criminal history records. A criminal history record may be used solely for the purpose for which it was requested and may not be shared outside the purpose for which it was intended.

If FBI record information disqualifies an individual from employment or licensing, the applicant has the right to review, complete, or challenge the accuracy of the information. An applicant should not be denied employment or licensing on the basis of information from an FBI report until an applicant has had a reasonable amount of time to correct or complete the information, or has declined to do so.

To Correct or Update an FBI IdHS Report

To review your criminal history for accuracy you can request a personal background check, a Departmental Order 556-73, from Accurate Biometrics. Click here

For example, if there were charges brought against you that were dismissed, the FBI record would not be updated until the agency that reported and owns the original information reported to the FBI,  forwards  the “dismissal” update to the FBI. After reviewing your report, if there is information that needs to be updated or corrected, your first step would be to contact the agency that submitted the information to the FBI.

For State information, most states require that changes to the IdHS record be processed through their State Identification Bureau (SIB). Click here for the FBI list of SIBs.

To request a change or update to Federal information, you can submit a challenge request electronically, or you can submit a written request to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) department.

An individual also may want to seek the help of a lawyer, for example with charges reported by other countries, or in the case of severe criminal charges.

Why Choose Accurate Biometrics?

Accurate Biometrics has nearly 20 years of fingerprinting service experience. We were one of the first companies nationally to submit fingerprints to a State AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) for non-criminal justice history record checks. In 2011, we became the first FBI channeler to successfully submit Departmental Orders to FBI, permitting individuals to obtain expedited FBI Identity History Summary Reports also known as FBI “self” checks. Today, we continue to be a leader in the fingerprint industry with our technological capabilities, expertise and dedicated service to state, local, and federal agencies; private industry; and individuals.

Should you need any assistance, please visit our website at: 
AccurateBiometrics.com, now offering live chat functionality, or contact one of our Customer Support Team at our toll free number: (866) 361-9944.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AI and biometrics to add security, speed border crossing for European travelers

Screen capture from iBorderCtrl home page


Traffic through border crossing points of European Union (EU) countries is on the rise. Over 700 million people enter the EU each year. This puts increasing pressure on border control agencies that must adhere to strict security protocols while trying to keep traffic moving smoothly. 

The EU-funded iBorderCtrl (Intelligent Portable Border Control System) project is a two-step process designed to make land border crossings fast and convenient, while increasing security. The technology used includes an automatic deception detection system, biometrics verification (including fingerprinting and facial and palm vein scanning), document authentication and a hidden human detection tool (for vehicles).

In the first step, before travel, travelers register and upload required documentation to an online system using a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer. Travelers are asked a series of questions by an avatar. Their facial micro-expressions are analyzed to determine whether or not they are lying. Potentially illegal crossings are flagged so that border control can conduct a more detailed check.

The second step occurs at the border. Travelers flagged as low risk undergo a brief re-evaluation of their documentation, and a biometric check for identity verification. If the traveler is arriving by passenger vehicle, an additional vehicle check is done.

Trials of the iBorderCtrl system are set to begin soon at border crossings in 3 EU countries: Greece, Latvia and Hungary. In the next 6 months, the new technology will be tested at 4 different crossing points in a variety of scenarios: train, vehicle, pedestrian, etc.



Science: AI-controlled checks to spice up safety and velocity up visitors at EU borders 

By Denis Bedoya, Jan. 14, 2019, for Infosurhoy.com | Science



iBorderControl (Intelligent Portable Border Control System)

https://www.iborderctrl.eu/The-project


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Monday, January 7, 2019

New report on data breach fraud security and protection strategies

Conceptual image of smart photo digital protection
Photo credit: Thinkstock


While creative hackers are experimenting with 3D printers to create fingerprints and facial models to fool biometric authentication, a serious growing threat for business is the breaching of cloud stored data. 

In a Computerworld interview on data breach forecasting, Michael Bruemmer VP of Data Breach Resolution at Experian shares that breaches can occur simply due to mis-configured security settings. He points out that just as you would not store the keys to a safe right next to the safe, encryption keys for cloud access should not be stored next to the data they are to protect. 

For business, multi-layered protections, such as biometrics and passwords, are recommended along with changing up security protocols periodically.

Mr. Bruemmer also gives important anti-fraud security tips for individuals, at home or at work…

  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi.
  • Create complex passwords. Use a password repository so that you don’t have to rely on your memory.
  • Don’t click on links.
  • Be wary answering phone calls from unknown callers. If a fraudster recorded your voice saying “yes,” it could be used to spoof your approval of a bank transaction or wire transfer.
  • Shred important documents.
  • Don’t use a debit card for shopping. They may be linked to more than one account, including a line of credit. If you use a credit card with a smaller limit instead, you usually have the extra protection of zero or limited liability in an instance of credit card fraud.
  • Don’t share your work device with anyone else, whether a computer, tablet or phone.




Q&A: Experian exec says biometrics won’t save you from mobile hacks

By Lucas Mearian, Senior Reporter, Computerworld, published Dec. 31, 2018 



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