Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $4,125,829)
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is requesting grant funds to modernize the Biometric Information System (BIS) by converting the system to a cloud-based solution. The current system is nearing its end of life and is projected to exceed its capacity for records storage, matching and support of additional workstations by 2022. The BIS acts as a central repository and matching mechanism for the state’s biometric data, including fingerprints and palm prints. BIS fingerprint repository is used to identify persons booked in jail; for Rapid ID checks (roadside instant checks to verify identity); and for those persons who undergo fingerprint-based criminal history checks for working with vulnerable populations or concealed weapons license. BIS also submits criminal biometric data to the FBI to be used in nationwide latent and background checks. The modernization will result in enhanced storage and processing capacity, create a disaster recovery system and add additional biometric capabilities.