The FBI makes its first foray into biometrics, with fingerprints on index cards.1980
FBI launches its first computer system created to search fingerprint files.1992
FBI debuts the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.1995
The Bureau begins work on the Integrated Automated Fingerprint ID System database (IAFIS) to automate fingerprint collection and retrieval.1999
IAFIS is fully deployed.2008
Development of the $1.2 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) system begins.February 2011
CJIS delivers a more powerful computer system with a more accurate algorithm to match flat and rolled fingerprints to the criminal master file database.August 2011
The FBI adds the Repository of Individuals of Special Concern, which includes "the worst of the worst" criminals, and launches a system that lets officers in the field use a mobile system to scan two fingers of the suspect and query NGI for a nearly instantaneous response.February 2012
The FBI launches Interstate Photo System Facial Recognition Pilot with three states, which allows searches against more than 15 million mug shots.May 2013
A new latent fingerprint matching feature, which matches fingerprints found at a crime scene with those in the system, debuts, with nearly three times greater accuracy. FBI launches a new palm print database and search service; the new system handles 200,000 requests per day with a response time of 10 seconds or less.2014
- Facial recognition service to go live.
- Iris recognition pilot to launch.
- IAFIS system to be decommissioned.