The Florida Department of Financial Services awarded a five-year, $22 million contract to L-1 Identity Solutions to establish a statewide fingerprinting network for nearly 1 million applicants.
The contract calls for a fully Automated Fingerprint-Based Applicant Processing System (AFAPS) that is expected to process the fingerprints of more than 70,000 resident and non-resident insurance agents annually. IBT plans to use this as a foundation to establish a statewide fingerprinting network to be able to process over 900,000 applicants in the state of Florida.
“IBT has worked closely with the Florida Department of Financial Services over the past year to implement the pilot program and in that time demonstrated that they were the clear choice to execute a low-risk and timely delivery of the statewide program,” said Audrey Huggins, Director of Special Projects for the Florida Department of Financial Services. “IBT has proven that it has the ability to rapidly implement an electronic fingerprint network and the company is knowledgeable of and sensitive to the needs of the Department.”
The FLDFS program is expected to be fully operational by January 2007, with fingerprint sites strategically placed throughout the state to provide convenient access for all FLDFS applicants.
“Our proven track record of successfully delivering AFAPS programs gives us the experience to deliver a fully compliant solution that accomplishes the Department's goals for implementation and efficiency,” remarked Charles Carroll, CEO of IBT. “The ability to leverage our combined experienced management team, substantial financial resources and extraordinary technical capabilities will strengthen our position in the marketplace and we believe these factors will be essential in our continued success for securing awards of this caliber.”
As an L-1 Identity Solutions company, IBT provides enrollment services for background checks. These processes allow government agencies, law enforcement and commercial businesses to capture fingerprints and print high-quality fingerprint cards, submit fingerprint files for applicant criminal records checks, and scan ink and paper cards to convert them for electronic submission to law enforcement agencies for criminal record checks.
The IBT state-of-the-art live scan systems are certified by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The system provides secure communications upstream and downstream to ensure safe handling of sensitive, personal and government data. In addition, the live scan systems offer:
- A full-service, fee-based AFAPS program that assumes responsibility for system procurement, collection of fees, financial reconciliation and timely payment of invoices.
- Pre-population of demographic data that enables FLDFS applications to provide the demographic data via a Website or a toll free number that will minimize the time an applicant spends at a fingerprint site.
- The ability to generate reports as required by the department that will aid data analysis and flow in each county. These can be customized to deliver additional reports as defined by the department.
Following L-1 Identity Solution's successful integration of Identix Identification Services (IIS) with and into IBT, IBT is now the largest applicant fingerprinting service company in the U.S., with the broadest customer base and the most relevant skills in the fingerprinting arena. IBT customers are supported by 160 experts who have direct experience with a wide variety of state and federal agencies, as well as business identities. This year IBT is expected to electronically fingerprint one million applicants. Currently the company operates 360 live scan fingerprinting centers in support of seven statewide AFAPS programs in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma. IBT also operates 115 live scan fingerprinting centers in 37 states in support of the TSA HAZPRINT program.
“IBT capabilities are a critical asset to L-1 Identity Solutions; their expertise, coupled with the opportunity to leverage the multi-biometric technologies of our various divisions, provides us with the depth required to efficiently address a program of this size and complexity,” said Robert LaPenta, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of L-1 Identity Solutions. “The IBT win in Florida is the most recent example of the benefits of integration with L-1 companies. We look forward to providing similar integrated services for programs like TWIC, HSPD-12 and other key security programs.”
L-1 Identity Solutions is one of three vendors permitted to sell live scan technology in Florida, and its divisions maintain relationships within other Florida government agencies and law enforcement groups. These include:
- St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport uses the Identix Live Scan TouchPrint 2000 Applicant Fingerprint System to assist in complying with the employee background check requirements of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.
- The Florida Supreme Court uses Identix Biometric Security Solutions to secure the District Court of Appeals and Supreme Court WAN Enterprise, which encompasses five District Courts of Appeal and the State Supreme Court.
- The Pinellas County Sheriff ' s Office utilizes the Viisage face recognition technology and Mobile Identification System to identify and verify known offenders, and has expanded this program on a statewide basis to include the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, seven Florida Regional Terrorism Task Forces, Hillsborough County Sheriff ' s Office, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Leon County and Duval County.
- Viisage iA-thenticate, an automatic document authentication technology, is used by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that state driver licenses are issued only to the rightful owners.