Lexmark International is collaborating with fingerprint system vendor Mentalix to give law enforcement agencies the first color printing solution for fingerprint card printers to be certified by the US FBI.
Mentalix’ CardPrint Application Program Interface (API) Toolkit works on the Lexmark C524 and C534 color laser printer families and allows law enforcement officials to print color imaging, color boundaries and fingerprint images on a single sheet of blank card stock to speed up processes and save costs.
Currently, fingerprint cards have pre-printed boundaries that make it difficult to combine fingerprints with other documents, and imaging is usually attached in a separate document with staples or a paper clip that can be easily separated or lost.
The Lexmark/Mentalix offering has received certification from the FBI and can be tailored to support custom fingerprint card templates. The CardPrint API Toolkit runs on Microsoft Windows XP Professional and is also FBI-certified for use with the Lexmark T640 monochrome laser printer family for customers who only need to print in black and white.
Fingerprints printed with the toolkit on the T640 family, C524 or C534 will be accepted by the FBI for comparisons with the bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS.