• We Love Our Customers: The Ongoing Perks of Mentalix

    February 13, 2019 Paige

        We love our customers, and we love to give back to the Mentalix community by providing the best products and service to each and every one of the organizations and agencies that rely on our systems to get the job done. If you’re a Mentalix customer, whether for many years or only a…

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  • 2018 DPS Annual Error Rate Report

    January 16, 2019 Paige

    Every month the Texas Department of Public Safety Electronic Arrest Reporting (EAR) Program compiles accuracy reports from live scan systems across the state, and every month the results of those reports are published on the TxDPS website. Let’s look at the annual numbers.

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  • Gifts That Keep on Giving: How to Expand Your Live Scan

    December 13, 2018 Paige

    A live scan system is a serious investment, but expanding it doesn’t have to be. From mobile ID to our new iris recognition system, this holiday season give your agency an upgrade from Mentalix.   Iris Scanning Established in 2013, the FBI Iris Pilot Program processes over 18,400 submissions a month, representing one of the…

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  • Fake Fingers, Stolen Prints, and other Popular Biometric Myths.

    November 15, 2018 Paige

    As the old saying goes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, but sometimes the truth is already pretty strange. Being able to identify someone in seconds using only their eyes or fingertips seems far-fetched, so it’s no surprise that biometrics would be mired in misinformation and misunderstanding.     Myth 1: You can easily alter,…

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  • How Physical Archives Keep Cases Cold (and What You Can Do About It)

    October 16, 2018 Paige

    Sometimes the difference between a conviction and a cold case is a single piece of paper. Every day, thousands of fingerprints are submitted to the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) Database in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and everyday thousands of prints are matched to one of over one hundred million civil and criminal records…

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  • Biometric Blitz: The Expanding Applications of Identification

    September 17, 2018 Paige

        The future is officially here – you can now buy a burger with your face. Since 2017, International fast food chain Caliburger has been testing new, fully automated ordering kiosks that use facial recognition to remember customer’s payment information and order history, all with just a look. Such an advancement sounds astonishing, or…

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  • Who You Say You Are: The Importance of Release Verification

    August 9, 2018 Paige

    In an age of facial recognition, fingerprinting, and iris scanning, it’s easier than ever to know who is who. Famous cases of mistaken identity, like the 1903 case of Will and William West, two unrelated men whose identical measurements nearly got both of them life sentences, are becoming fewer and farther between. However, these steady…

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  • Eyes on the Prize: Iris Scanning Explained

    July 16, 2018 Paige

        Iris scanners have long been a staple of super spy block busters and Hollywood heists. In the movies iris scanners are exceptionally high tech affairs, almost as expensive as the riches they’re designed to protect, relying on sweeping lasers and holographic overlays to thwart plucky thieves and rogue agents alike. In reality, iris…

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  • RISC-y Business: Why Mobile ID Matters

    June 19, 2018 Paige

    Phones no longer have cords, TVs no longer have tubes, and dial up is on its way to being well and truly dead. The times they are a-changin’, and every day the future is looking more and more wireless. Being able to take your tech on the go is not only convenient, but necessary to…

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  • The Mentalix Conference Season Survival Guide

    May 2, 2018 Paige

        Spring has sprung here in Dallas. The days are longer, the weather is wetter, and conference season is right around the corner. Every year Mentalix attends numerous industry events all across the country, and every year we pick up a few more tips and tricks of the trade show. Learn how to make…

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