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Defining AFIS Latent Print "Lights-Out"



Stephen Meagher, Vladimir N. Dvornychenko


The term "lights-out" for AFIS ten-print fingerprint operations has been around for many years and is generally understood to mean "no human intervention is involved." But is this term appropriate for AFIS latent print operations? This IR examines seven scenarios, defined herein as tiers 1 through 7, entailing ever increasing amounts of automation. Some of the salient pros and cons of each tier are briefly discussed. It is suggested that more complete analysis of the seven tiers requires a good cost/benefit model.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7811
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latent fingerprints, automated searches, AFIS, lights-out searches


Meagher, S. and Dvornychenko, V. (2011), Defining AFIS Latent Print “Lights-Out”, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created September 7, 2011, Updated October 12, 2021