GCN reports on the US-VISIT program’s 10-Print Capture Industry Day held yesterday, with remarks by Sec. Chertoff noting the importance of the transition from the 2-Print to the 10-Print system:
â€œThe two-print system has already yielded significant results,â€ Chertoff said, referring to its ability to pinpoint wrongdoers already known to the authorities. â€œBut to stop the unknown threat, [the 10-print system] will allow us to scan prints against those gathered at terrorist training camps, from battlefields [or other areas where terrorists have been known to leave prints],â€ he said.
Chertoff continued, â€œWhen we get [the 10-print system] done it will be an important deterrent. Any terrorist will have to ask themselves whether they have left telltale fingerprints at any bomb factory, safe house [or similar terrorist location]. That aspect of deterrence will drive them crazy,â€ Chertoff said.
The remainder of the article discusses some of the technical challenges associated with the transition to a 10-print system, such as image quality and system durability.