[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

NEC Corporation of America has been awarded a multiyear contract with the Western Identification Network (WIN) to modernize WIN’s multistate criminal identification system. The updated system will include advanced identification capabilities (such as high-resolution palm and fingerprint matching and other emerging biometric functions), disaster recovery facilities, and enhanced system performance.

WIN is a nonprofit organization that provides identification services to the law enforcement agencies and citizens of its member states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and California (as an interface member). Its members have access to approximately 28 million fingerprint records of the Western United States.

WIN’s enhanced system is slated to launch in fall 2013.