Happy New Year!

We here at Certifix LiveScan would like to wish you all a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. Keeping those New Year’s Resolutions is ten times harder than making them, so Time published an article on things to avoid when making yourself promises.

2013 was a year with its ups and downs, but we’re glad to have such wonderful people to share it with. Here’s to folks – customers, colleagues, family, and friends – Certifix is glad to have shared the year with. Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at Certifix Livescan wish you all a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving.

Fingerprint sensors help improve vaccination management in Africa

Eric Wicklund wrote this article about mobile fingerprint systems being used in Africa to avoid wasteful re-immunizations.

According to Wicklund, more than 50 percent of a limited supply of vaccines is wasted, leaving millions of Africans without vaccinations.

Wicklund wrote wrote: “Once the sensor captures the subject’s fingerprint, the user is recorded in VaxTrac’s mobile vaccine registry, which offers real-time reporting for matching patient vaccine records and managing the supply chain.”

What are your thoughts on this?

Japan and US Agree To Exchange Fingerprint Information

According to an article by Global Post, “Japan and the United States agreed, today, to conclude a pact to enable them to provide each other with instant access to fingerprint data to check the identities of individuals suspected of involvement in serious crimes such as terrorism.”

The two countries will be able to seek out fingerprint information when terrorists or foreign suspects enter either country.

The article added: “In Japan, the National Police Agency operates the fingerprint database, which contains the fingerprints of some 10.2 million people. The pact excludes those who are not under indictment or were found not guilty in a past legal action, as well as juvenile offenders who were placed in protective custody.”

You can never be too safe, and biometrics is definitely the way of the future when comes to verifying humans and identities. Certifix Live Scan, although just a small piece of the pie, contributes to a lot of safe decisions when companies decide to hire people.

Here’s a  short video on the science of biometrics: Science of Innovation

Finger Scans Soon To Be Implemented In Day Care

Last month, a federally subsidized Mississippi daycare approved a “controversial” finger scanning system, set to go into effect on Oct. 1. The Department of Human Services will be implementing system which parents must use to sign their children in and out. According to an article by Ron Maxey in The Commercial Appeal, proponents say it will save money and cause parents to visit preschools more often. Opponents argue the system is intrusive and creates technical headaches.

Parents and caregivers will have to go to county DHS offices to have their fingers scanned. Personally, I think this can be a good thing. Although, of course a bias is in place as a proponent of finger scanning, but this can greatly increase security in places that might not seem so secure. Kidnapping is a very serious issue and anything that makes sure the person in charge of a child at any time is responsible person greatly decreases the chance of kidnapping or abuse.

“Under the system, scans would be used to verify the identity of clients and ensure they are eligible to receive reduced-cost day care benefits.

Biometric fingerprint, palm vein and iris scans, along with gait and hand-wave recognition, are identification methods that can help improve  security, prevent fraud, reduce payroll errors and lower liability, according to a DHS news release,” wrote Maxey.

If this is true, imagine how safe parents would feel putting their children in the care of a stranger. Although the world isn’t some cesspool of evil behavior, you can never be to sure when the time and location is apt. Certifix Live Scan is prepared to handle any live scanning done in order to prepare for these finger scans. It’s all just a matter of time.

Pennsylvania Reports High Fingerprint Errors

It looks like Pennsylvania has dropped the ball in the fingerprinting game. According to law enforcement agencies across the state, 400-500 sets of fingerprints from Pennsylvania have been rejected by the FBI due to errors. In an article by Gary Weckselblatt, he wrote that  the prints were unreadable, meaning suspects and convicted criminals are likely not being entered into the national database.

Weckselblatt said that electronic scan is the more modern way to take prints. Law enforcement can quickly retake electronic scans (Live Scans).

“Ideally, he said, the mistakes would end if each police department had an electronic system to record fingerprints,”  Weckselblatt wrote.

All I can say is California is taken care of. Not only is Certifix Live Scan not close to touching that error rate, but we work quickly and accurately.

“The electronic scan is the more modern way to take prints. If there’s a mistake in that process, law enforcement knows immediately and can retake the prints. That technology is more costly, though, and some departments find it is beyond their budgets,” Weckselblatt wrote.

To our readers: what do you think?

Fingerprints: The Future of Shopping?

Jessica Winch of the Telegraph wrote an article on a six-month trial of a new payment system in northern France. The supermarket chain/DIY store Auchan offered a pay terminal which only requires customers to use their fingerprints to make transactions. The initial trial was beween October 2012 and march 2013 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq and Angoulême.
A payment card was issued to each participant. Each card stored their own fingerprint data. By just placing a finger on the pay terminal, a customer’s fingerprint data could be recognized in order to pay for items.
According to National Security, part of banque Accord, said almost 5,000 transactions too place, which is a very high adoption rate. A recent survey showed a strong interest in biometric payment methods, half of the participants saying they’d be interested in this new type of payment.
It seems fingerprinting is quickly becoming a choice medium for data transaction. With information moving at instant speeds, the convenience of just “touching” an object to get a unique and secure result is where the world is heading. Certifix Live Scan is indeed helping push technology in this direction, fingerprinting being our forte. Our dedication to digital fingerprinting is a testament to how much technology demands quick and simple solutions to everyday things.

Jessica Winch of the Telegraph wrote an article on a six-month trial of a new payment system in northern France. The supermarket chain/DIY store Auchan offered a pay terminal which only requires customers to use their fingerprints to make transactions. The initial trial was beween October 2012 and march 2013 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq and Angoulême.

A payment card was issued to each participant. Each card stored their own fingerprint data. By just placing a finger on the pay terminal, a customer’s fingerprint data could be recognized in order to pay for items.
According to National Security, part of banque Accord, said almost 5,000 transactions too place, which is a very high adoption rate. A recent survey showed a strong interest in biometric payment methods, half of the participants saying they’d be interested in this new type of payment.

It seems fingerprinting is quickly becoming a choice medium for data transaction. With information moving at instant speeds, the convenience of just “touching” an object to get a unique and secure result is where the world is heading. Certifix Live Scan is indeed helping push technology in this direction, fingerprinting being our forte. Our dedication to digital fingerprinting is a testament to how much technology demands quick and simple solutions to everyday things.

Fingerprint Systems Becoming Faster and Faster For Law Enforcement

In an article by Lauren Sievert in My Record Journal, she reported that Meriden, CT city police detectives, Stephen Burstein and George Clements, trained on a new system which will allow the police department to process fingerprints even faster due to a new database system.

The new system is connected by Connecticut, Rhode Island, and FBI databases. Burstein said state databases store fingerprints from anyone arrested and fingerprinted. According to Sievert, the FBI database contains fingerprints of anyone convicted of a felony. Sievert said Meriden is the fifth department in the state to obtain a remote terminal to run its own latent prints.

Sievert quoted Burstein:

“Having remote-terminal access to the database will eliminate the wait time for results from the state lab, which processes fingerprints from departments across the state, Burstein said.
After detectives scan a print at a crime scene, they mark it with yellow circles called minutiae, which flag certain areas as a means of identification. The system will use an algorithm to generate a list of potential matches.”

With more and more police departments improving their fingerprinting systems, it’s only fair the rest of the world keeps up with fingerprint technology as well. Certifix Live Scan aims at delivering the fastest and most up-to-date digital fingerprint service available. Certifix Live Scan sends results to the Department of Justice as well as the FBI. With our fast technology working in conjunction with these types of police department fingerprint systems, security and background checks will be quicker and more accurate.

Is Apple’s IPhone the Future of Live Scan Fingerprinting?

According to a Reuters article, Apple Inc. is exploring integrating fingerprint technology into their iPhones. The presumed features of the upcoming iPhone 5S would include a sensor that would let you unlock your phone with a fingerprint instead of a passcode–heightening security for devices.

Last year, Apple, bought a mobile security firm called AuthenTec for $356,000,000 without actually commenting on Apple’s intentions.

What is Apple going to do with this fingerprint technology?

It seems digital fingerprint technology, such as Live Scan fingerprinting, is the way of the future. There’s endless possibilities integrating this technology into mobile devices.

Imagine Live Scan locations–mobile and walk-in–armed to the teeth with iPhone 5s. Certifix Live Scan would be able to fingerprint at an even faster rate and higher volume. Background checks could be done literally in the palm of a certfiied Live Scan operator’s hand. A DOJ Live Scan (Department of Justice Live Scan) with that kind of speed and efficiency would only making hiring processes at nursing schools, security guard training centers, etc. that much easier.

Only time will tell what Apple is really up to, but we can hope this becomes a reality. Currently, Certfix Live Scan features accurate and current technology with the use of high-end equipment through walk-in Live Scan locations and mobile Live Scan. Certfix Live Scan doesn’t have Live Scan iPhones yet, but it’s the quickest and simplest method thus far available to the public.

Fresh New Look

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We’ve given our website a fresh new look. Not only is it easy on the eyes, but we’ve made it easier for you to learn just how our services work. Check out our new navigation bar at the top of our page.

How It Works gives you a short, step-by-step process on how to receive our services whether you’re an employer/agency or even a prospective employee looking to get fingerprinted.

Locations is a thorough listing of our vast amount of walk-in Live Scan locations in Southern and Northern California

Mobile Live Scan lets you fill out a form to get us to go where YOU are. Simply give us details on your company, how many people need Live Scan, and a Certifix Live Scan representative will get back to you shortly.

Open Account allows you to open an account with us if you’re an employer, school, or licensing agency. We offer state-wide billing.

FBI Background Checks offers a form to request an FBI Criminal Report Check with your fingerprints.

Order Supplies brings you to our fingerprinting store, Fingerprint Depot, offering ink fingerprinting accessories like ink pads and FBI fingerprint cards.

FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions answers popular questions you might have about Certifix Live Scan.

Now that you know what the new website has to offer, feel free to browse and click away to your heart’s desire.

If you still need assistance, you can reach us at 1-800-710-1934.