NEC Announces Western Identification Network (WIN) System Acceptance

Western U.S. Consortium for Enhanced Criminal Identification Strengthens its Network Capabilities with Industry Leader in Multimodal Biometrics

IRVING, Texas--()--NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading technology integrator of advanced IT, networking, communications, and multimodal biometric solutions, today announced that its Integra-ID5™ Multimodal Biometric Identification System (MBIS) solution was accepted by the Western Identification Network (WIN), a consortium of western U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies. The contract for the implementation of this system was awarded to NEC in October, 2011. This acceptance follows several phases of testing including Factory Acceptance Test, System Acceptance Test at each of the eight WIN Member States, and a User Acceptance Test.

The WIN network consists of a shared MBIS processing service bureau that provides the ability to search the criminal and civil biometrics records of its member agencies, including interfaces to other neighboring states, and agencies.

NEC delivered this new upgrade to WIN as a service whereby NEC hosts and manages the WIN solution at its data centers. Among services provided during implementation:

  • Data migration and conversion including de-duplication of 18 million tenprint records and search of all unknown latent images. The data conversion process also included the searching of 41,000 unknown latent images, resulting in 208 latent hits.
  • Incorporation of several new technologies to improve accuracy, reliability and availability. Foremost is the use of multiple algorithms and multiple encoding (each record was encoded multiple times, utilizing a variety of algorithms, resulting in a dataset optimized for accuracy) and secondary fusion matching to improve accuracy and enhance crime labs productivity.
  • Customized workflow and Computerized Criminal History (CCH) file interface for each of the eight member states, with support for hundreds of submitting livescans – all within a secure framework, shared matching, archive and MBIS disaster recovery services.
  • A shared interface to the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system over the CJIS WAN.
  • An Active/Active Disaster Recovery system, allowing for continued operations if a disaster strikes. During Site Acceptance Trials, a simulated transition from primary to disaster recovery system took less than 1 hour.
  • New Latent Case Management System (LCMS) where all latent images and transactions are stored in new FBI EBTS/EFS (Extended Feature Set) Full annotation, Type 9 format.
  • An integrated NIST Archive repository with web-based client access that retains all registered and transactional data in standards based FBI EBTS format.

“WIN is pleased with NEC’s performance in delivery of the services we have contracted for. NEC’s project management methodology facilitated a successful, on-time and on-budget implementation, leading to a unanimous vote in favor of system acceptance,” said Ken Bischoff, CEO of the Western Identification Network.

“WIN has had a relationship with NEC since 1989,” added Julie Butler, division administrator at the Nevada Department of Public Safety General Services Division and chairperson of the WIN Board of Directors. “And with this delivery, our member states’ expectations for obtaining the latest cutting-edge technology without incurring large capital expenditures was accomplished. We are pleased with the value NEC has brought to WIN and its member states in this latest implementation.”

“We are proud to work with WIN, a forward-looking organization among law enforcement agencies in North America,” said Raffie Beroukhim, vice president, Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC Corporation of America. “This milestone is testament to the skill and efforts of our team as well as the quality of our MBIS solution. The implemented Integra ID5 MBIS solution, with its multi-state configuration, is highly functional, easy to configure, with accuracy and reliability unmatched by any solution on the market today.”

The NEC MBIS solution is part of NEC’s Safer Cities platform¹, which is a smart technology approach to maximizing all facets of installed programs. NEC is providing this capability to WIN via Identity as a Service (IDaaS), thereby eliminating the need for upfront capital expenditure. The solution is entirely owned and managed by NEC and is hosted in NEC data centers.

¹ NEC’s Safer Cities concept supports the growing safety and security vision to merge the traditional law enforcement areas of biometric-based identity management and forensic investigation with video surveillance, security access control, and disaster management.

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Release Summary

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), announced that its Integra-ID5™ Multimodal Biometric Identification System (MBIS) solution was accepted by the Western Identification Network (WIN)


NEC Corporation of America
Frank Puglia, 214-262-3767