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"The Child Project"- Iris Reading Equipment

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $44,717)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office will partner with the Nation's Missing Children Organization (NMCO) and National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) to implement the Children's Identification and Location Database (CHILD) Project. The CHILD Project will enable law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the country to locate and positively identify missing children and adults with iris biometric recognition technology. This system has been recognized to be a secure nationwide network and registry. Through this network, the CHILD Project will compare the unique features contained in the iris against a database of individuals who enroll throughout the country to determine the identity of an individual. Iris recognition is based on the most unique biometric, which is the iris of the eye. None of the other biometric solutions, including fingerprint, facial recognition, retina scan, and voice recognition provide the level of accuracy, speed, or cost effectiveness found with iris recognition technology.


Date Created: September 9, 2008