The FBI wants to add iris scan information to its database for tracking and identifying criminals, Nextgov reports.
Aliya Sternstein reports the FBI is allocating $1 billion for the Next-Generation Identification System, a program to expand the server capacity of the bureau’s fingerprint database.
Such a database would include iris scans, fingerprints, facial images and palm prints, according to the report.
B12 Technologies is working with the FBI to implement the system and to have it ready for a pilot test in 2014, President and CEO Sean Mullin told Silverstein.
Mullin added the company has provided 12,000 iris images to the FBI for the project and local agencies in 47 states participate in B12’s inmate identification and recognition system.
A recent National Institutes of Standards and Technology study examined the speed and accuracy of current iris scanning technology.