March 14, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lexmark International, Inc., (NYSE: LXK) is collaborating with fingerprint system vendor Mentalix, Inc., to give law enforcement agencies the first color printing solution for fingerprint card printers to be certified by the FBI.
Mentalix’s 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.
This solution 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 Lexmark T640 monochrome laser printer family for customers that 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 (IAFIS).
“We’ve already had a positive response to this breakthrough from our customers, particularly those who would like to print color imaging directly on their fingerprint cards,” said Brian Gross, president of Mentalix. “This solution helps agencies cut costs because they can print a variety of fingerprint card types on the same raw card stock and no longer have to keep different card types and sizes in their office inventory.”
“Lexmark’s combination of vertical industry expertise and our technology ownership allows us to develop integrated, customized solutions for our customers that help them increase productivity and reduce costs,” said Paul Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. “We are pleased to partner with Mentalix to deliver this advanced capability for law enforcement customers.”
Incorporated in 1987, Mentalix develops FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators. The company leads the industry with the most IAFIS-compliant fingerprint solutions, and its API products are used as key components in turnkey systems by many of the top biometric developers worldwide. Mentalix targets custom, systems integration and off-the-shelf imaging solutions for Windows and a variety of UNIX systems. Mentalix maintains its headquarters north of Dallas in Plano, Texas.
Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) provides businesses and consumers in more than 150 countries with a broad range of printing and imaging products, solutions and services that help them to be more productive. In 2006, Lexmark reported $5.1 billion in revenue. Learn how Lexmark can help you get more done at www.lexmark.com.
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