The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released a joint report with the Justice Department directing agencies how to improve biometrics practices by reducing human error during fingerprint analysis.
NIST pointed to several factors that compromise fingerprint and forensic analysis such as inadequate training and complex technology.
NIST said that officials can be too reliant on technology, which also can affect the analysis process.
Melissa Taylor, NIST’s law enforcement standards office representative, told Federal News Radio there is always room for improvement even with technology and expertise.
NIST also suggested methods to improve the technologies involved such as with automated search technology.
NIST said the government should support research programs that will expand the algorithms used to match prints, making print systems interoperable across state and federal entities.