Accurate Biometrics Seeks to Expand Fingerprint Services

By Kukec, Anna Marie | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 22, 2016 | Go to article overview

Accurate Biometrics Seeks to Expand Fingerprint Services


Kukec, Anna Marie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Anna Marie Kukec Daily Herald Business Writer akukec@dailyherald.com

Itasca-based Accurate Biometrics, which serves clients nationwide, is aiming to develop a national collection network that acts as a warehouse for all the fingerprints it collects.

That would allow for data from those fingerprints to be available more quickly and efficiently.

"We're working to get the programming in place and it will completely change the way we do business," said owner and President Peggy Critchfield, 60.

Accurate Biometrics is a state certified woman-owned small business since 2000 and provides fingerprint-based background checks and other identity verification services to clients, including companies and government agencies. The company has so far collected more than 1 million sets of fingerprints for about 1,400 organizations. The national collection network would likely help serve more clients faster, especially as workers go from job to job and need to have their identify verified.

Critchfield, along with her husband, Jim Critchfield, lead a staff of 40 other workers who collect fingerprints in 40 offices, including in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Lake in the Hills and elsewhere. Critchfield said she also may open a new office in Tampa, Florida, next year.

Technology is key.

"Technology is the backbone of our business," Critchfield said. "We've had three major upgrades as technology has changed. It's just like cellphones when they changed to voice-over internet protocol."

Fingerprinting devices have changed from 25-pound bulky scanners to smaller and sleeker 2 1/2-inch devices, she said.

"It makes us more competitive," she said.

Critchfield attends an array of seminars and conferences to keep up to date. She also attends government and FBI meetings to stay abreast of new legislation involving security and privacy issues. …

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