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Biometric Fingerprint Based Management System For Homeless Centre

Fulcrum Biometrics : 24 September, 2010  (Application Story)
Bergen County in New Jersey is deploying a biometric management system from Fulcrum Biometrics based on a fingerprint identity system for the identification of homeless people using their facilities
Fulcrum Biometrics has announced the delivery of a biometric management solution to the Bergen County Department of Human Services (DHS). Working with New Jersey Business Systems (NJBS), Fulcrum Biometrics used their modular development system, the Fulcrum Biometric Framework (FbF), to develop an easy-to-use fingerprint identification system that will allow the Bergen DHS to better serve their homeless population. The new system will provide more accurate identification of homeless individuals who are seeking and receiving services from the County and feed more detailed data to the larger New Jersey state database, a repository of homeless population information that helps to serve the community through food, clothing and housing programs. By providing more accurate identification and eliminating duplicate records, the County will be able to better support funding requests and grant applications, further enhancing services provided to the homeless community.

"With our modular approach to multi-biometric software development and our use of the Fulcrum Biometric Framework we were able to quickly develop a highly customized application for Bergen County," said Ken Nosker, President of Fulcrum Biometrics. "We were able to provide a robust system that does precisely what the client requires and yet is flexible enough to expand in scope and scale as requirements change."

Bergen County DHS required a solution that would take advantage of the existing New Jersey Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) while providing more accurate reporting about the true number of individuals for whom the County was providing services. Working in partnership with New Jersey Business Systems' biometric division, Eyemetric, the holder of the County contract, Fulcrum Biometrics was charged with developing a system that would operationally function independently of the HMIS yet still provide for the automated exchange of information between the two systems. Fulcrum worked with the existing vendor to develop a data-sharing method that periodically augments the HMIS data while still allowing the County to run daily operations totally independent of it.

Using finger image scanners from Futronic Technology and a fingerprint matching algorithm from Neurotechnology, Fulcrum used the FbF framework to develop a web based application that communicates via Fulcrum's proprietary BioXML, a Web services interface, to start tagging biometrics collected from the various DHS service sites, and, as required, merge them into singular records that resolve back to individual identities inside the HMIS system. Using this unique approach the County is able to rapidly and easily acquire a true count of homeless persons for whom services are provided at any given time. The end result of the solution is a true unduplicated count of persons served by the various Bergen County programs -- data that is difficult to obtain without truly unique identification, yet which is invaluable for counties in requesting grants and funding from various state and federal agencies.

"User friendliness was one of our primary goals and we have that in this system," said Valerie Dargan, PhD, Director of the Bergen County Department of Human Services. "We open a web page, select the service and location, apply the finger image, and we're ready to go."

Although the new biometric system for Bergen County is currently based on finger scans, it has the option to become multi-biometric through the flexibility inherent in the Fulcrum Biometric Framework. A series of web-based controls and web services allow the FbF to expand and adapt as system requirements change and to provide secure, rapid deployment of web-enabled solutions.

The Fulcrum Biometric Framework consists of:

* FbF Matching Engine - a multi-biometric identification/matching server that is scalable through clustering and provides for a number of fault tolerant options.
* FbF Application Server - a custom application logic system for industry specific solutions (e.g. Attendance, Access Control).
* FbF Web Controls - a collection of browser independent web controls that talk to FbF Application Server, Matching Engine and FbF Device listener.
* FbF Device Listener - a client side device manager and template generator that securely communicates to FBF Web Controls.

The core technologies that Fulcrum Biometrics employs in the FbF framework are consistently ranked among the highest performing biometric identification systems available. Since its inception in 2002, Fulcrum Biometrics has provided biometric hardware, software development tools and custom integration services, to large and small commercial enterprises, government agencies and prime contractors. Fulcrum Biometrics provides a range of solutions, from biometric applications for retail, healthcare, benefits management and banking to large-scale national systems for voter registries, border control, military, and law enforcement. Fulcrum offers biometric software development tools which are suitable for operation with small embedded systems, personal computers, network servers and high speed parallel processing platforms capable of processing millions of matches per second.
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