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Demands for Localized AFIS Systems and Faster Upgrades Drive the Criminal AFIS Market
Jun 18, 2007 (08:06 AM EDT)

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- County and local-level law enforcement agencies will likely drive growth in the criminal automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) market. However, the AFIS market must still contend with funding limitations deterring prospective customers from purchasing high priced AFIS and live scan systems. By moving to a non-proprietary format and offering solutions customized to specific needs, AFIS may improve its cost effectiveness and encourage higher adoption rates among funding-constrained agencies.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( ), North American Criminal AFIS Markets, reveals that the market earned revenues of $166.7 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $431.3 million in 2013.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the North American Criminal AFIS Markets, then send an e-mail to Sara Villarruel, Corporate Communications, at with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

"The demand from county and local law enforcement agencies for their own AFIS systems is a key driving factor," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Imran F. Khan. "The falling prices of AFIS systems and the quicker response time provided by in-house AFIS, is making it more favorable to the local agencies than having to rely on state and federal AFIS systems for matching."

The AFIS market in North America was considered saturated -- with all state-level sites already having an AFIS. However, slow turn-around time for matching at the state level is prompting counties and local agencies to set up their own AFIS. Intense price competition has worked in the agencies' favor, as they can now afford an AFIS and live-scan system.

Despite the increased interest from local law enforcement agencies, the lengthy sales cycle and limited funding continue to restrain the market. Moreover, issues with interoperability in the legacy systems require AFIS upgrades. The move to interoperable systems forces vendors to shift to a less expensive non-proprietary model and ultimately affects their profit margins.

"Additionally, AFIS performance myths propagated by marketing hype can create a mismatch between the system's capability and the end user's expectations, thus hampering adoption," says Khan. "When the systems fail to live up to their marketing claims, the unmet expectations can prevent future upgrades or adoption of the technology itself."

North American Criminal AFIS Markets is part of the Auto ID & Security Growth Partnership Service program, and it provides in-depth analysis of key market drivers and restraints, revenue forecasts, technology trends and competitive structure. In this study, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: global AFIS, law enforcement AFIS, and live scan markets. Interviews with the press are available.

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North American Criminal AFIS Markets N19B Contact: Sara Villarruel Corporate Communications - North America P: 210.477.8448 F: 210.348.1003 E: Joanna Lewandowska Corporate Communications - Europe P: +48 22 390 41 46 E: Donna Jeremiah Corporate Communications - Southeast Asia P: +603 6304 5832 F: +603 6201 7402 E: Nimisha Iyer Corporate Communications - South Asia, Middle East P: +91 22 40013431 F: +91 22 2832 4713 E: Sara Villarruel Corporate Communications - Latin America P: 210.477.8448 F: 210.348.1003 E: Bo Zhang Corporate Communications - China P: +86 21 5407 5780-86 ext 8611 F: +86 21 5407 5825 E: Sharmin Jassal Corporate Communications - Australia & New Zealand P: +61 2 8247 8900 F: +61 2 9252 8066 E: Patrick Cairns Corporate Communications - Africa P: +27 21 680 3274 F: +27 21 680 3296 E:

Keywords for this press release: AFIS, fingerprinting, criminal, FBI IAFIS, law enforcement, cogent, printrak, live scan, cross match, mobile id, finger scan, database, biometrics, homeland security

CONTACT: Sara Villarruel, Corporate Communications - North America,, fax, +1-210-348-1003, , or JoannaLewandowska, Corporate Communications - Europe, +48 22 390 41 46,, or Donna Jeremiah, Corporate Communications -Southeast Asia, +603 6304 5832, fax, +603 6201 7402, ,or Nimisha Iyer, Corporate Communications - South Asia, Middle East, +91 2240013431, fax, +91 22 2832 4713, , or Sara Villarruel,Corporate Communications - Latin America, +1-210-477-8448, fax,+1-210-348-1003, , or Bo Zhang, CorporateCommunications - China, +86 21 5407 5780-86, ext. 8611, fax, +86 21 54075825, , or Sharmin Jassal, Corporate Communications -Australia & New Zealand, +61 2 8247 8900, fax, +61 2 9252 8066,, or Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications -Africa, +27 21 680 3274, fax, +27 21 680 3296, ,all of Frost & Sullivan

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