MELBOURNE, Florida, May 8, 2002 — An integrated, real-time transaction processing and online fingerprint-matching database developed for the FBI by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) processed a one-day record 3,295,587 law enforcement transactions on March 15, 2002. The average response time for each transaction was just 0.1467 seconds. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) 2000 database previously had a year-to-date average of 2.8 million transactions per day. The improved response time was aided by a recent hardware upgrade provided by Harris.
The FBI’s NCIC 2000 system maintains millions of records concerning criminal histories, fugitives, missing persons, and stolen property. The database is used 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by U.S. law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. In addition to processing information requests online via PCs, NCIC 2000 also enables law enforcement officers in the field to electronically capture fingerprints, which can then be transmitted to the NCIC where the fingerprints are matched against a massive database of felons for quick identification. NCIC can also transmit mug shots of felons identified by the fingerprint match.
“NCIC blends the best of Harris information processing technologies and capabilities, and we are proud of its high performance level,” said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). “Going forward, we believe there is added value in integrating national law enforcement systems like NCIC 2000 with other real-time identification and tracking products to provide cost-effective airport and airline security tools for organizations such as the new Transportation Security Administration.”
Harris developed and produced the next-generation NCIC 2000 to replace a 30-year-old textual-response system fielded by the FBI in 1967. That original NCIC processed only 2 million transactions during its first year of operation. The Harris-designed system, installed in 1999 at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Division, greatly increased transaction capability and accuracy, and added features for fingerprint matching and transmission of digital images.
Harris GCSD conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, highly reliable communications and information systems that solve the mission-critical communications challenges of its military and government customers, as well as provides the technology base for the company's diverse commercial businesses.
Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system, and service solutions for commercial and government customers. The company's five operating divisions serve markets for microwave, broadcast, network support, tactical radio, and government systems. Harris has sales and service facilities in more than 90 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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