National Institutes of Health Secures Armory with Biometrics

Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (LEID) will be installing its locker system and patent-pending Biometric Access Control System (BACS) at the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH) based in Bethesda, Maryland. The locker system will support the NIH's entire police force that is responsible for protecting the US medical research agency. The project is expected to be completed February 2010.

BACS — developed by Patti Engineering — secures, tracks (via RFID) and provides full accountability for critical assets. The NIH officer's equipment and/or weapons now will be marked with an RFID chip linked to the kiosk. The user logs into the BACS application to access equipment by placing their finger on the biometric reader for verification. Then the user selects the authorized equipment and/or weapon listed on the touch screen which is then retrieved from a secure locker.

Law enforcement departments throughout the country are utilizing the system to allow for full accountability of their armory and a credible history report that links officers to their assigned equipment.

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