The Universal Latent Workstation (ULW)
is the first in a new generation of interoperable latent workstations.
Several state and local agencies, the FBI, NIST, and the AFIS vendors
have been working together on standards to improve interoperability and
sharing of latent identification services. The ULW is part of that program.
It helps agencies and AFIS vendors understand and develop the concept
of encode once and search anywhere. With the ULW you can create a native
feature set for Printrak, Cogent, Morpho, NEC and IAFIS. Ultimately, standardsbased
workstations, such as the ULW, will provide you with the ability to search
local, state, neighboring and the FBI IAFIS system, all with a single
Currently, IAFIS, Anaheim PD (Printrak), Ontario PD (Cogent), and Pierce
County PD (Morpho) can receive and search an ANSI/NIST formatted record.
As the availability of this capability grows, we will build a national
Latent Identification Services Exchange Network so you can reach other
agencies as required. If you think agencies should be able to support
each other with latent identification services then ask your AFIS vendor
about his schedule for implementing the ANSI/NIST latent standard.
The following are minimum and recommended PC requirements for the ULW:
- Pentium CPU with 32 Mb; Pentium II or better recommended
- Video display of 1024 x 768 pixels works well on portables
- Video for desktop should be at least 20 inch with 1280 x 1024 pixels
- CD-ROM drive for software installation
- TWAIN compliant scanner capable of scanning at 500 and/or 1000 pixels
per inch UMAX Powerlook III, HP 6300, etc.
- Windows 95/98/NT/2000
AWARE WSQ compression
ULW Installation and Support
ULW auto installs from the provided CD and support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ULW Training and Documentation
The ULW on-line documentation lists the encoding steps and shows examples
of IAFIS feature placement. You should also request someone on the ULW
team to walk you through your first encoding via teleconference. Contact
email@example.com for an appointment.
You will have to provide your own PC, scanner and compression
software as detailed in the system requirements section.
Connectivity to IAFIS
You will need e-mail connectivity to IAFIS to run your search and receive
your candidates. Connection to CJIS WAN is your agency's responsibility
but the CJIS Programs Development Section will provide details on the
various options as well as planning support.
Full IAFIS Latent Search Capabilities
Encode Once and Search anywhere - The ULW can create
a native feature set for Cogent, Morpho, Nec, and IAFIS so you can
run all your searches from a single encoding. If your AFIS does
not yet have an ANSI/NIST interface or you would prefer to use your
vendor's workstation for searching your own AFIS you can still eliminate
the second encoding. ULW will translate your vendors search record
(provided in ANSI/NIST format) into an IAFIS search, add in the
ridge counts and then provide you the opportunity to edit the record
Direct Latent Tracings Search.
Complementary encoding technology - The ULW will
mark the easy minutiae and then stop short of marking a lot of false
minutiae. You can complete the encoding without the wasted time
of deleting a large number of false minutiae. The ULW encoding complements
rather than competes with the examiner.
Case History - ULW logs all actions to an image.
Interoperable with Windows desktop tools - The ULW
reads and writes to the clip board and understands most file formats
so it can be used in conjunction with other desktop tools such as
MoreHits, ImagePro and PhotoShop.
Examiner collaboration - The ULW is not hard wired
to any AFIS. It can be used to view, mark and share fingerprint
images with anyone.
Read and display any ANSI/NIST transaction, including
ten-print search records with mug shots.