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HECK YEAH, WE’RE FROM EVERGREEN

Secure Outcomes
by Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post – May 25, 2015
Welcome to our Heck Yeah feature highlighting the numerous Colorado tech companies that make cool stuff. These little snippets are intended for readers to explore the technology being made right here. One company at a time, of course.
Secure Outcomes.
Don’t mess with the LS1100. Secure Outcomes’ digital fingerprint scanner is being used by dozens of law enforcement agencies to get more accurate – and ink free – fingerprint scans. Photo by Alyssa Scheel.
What it does:
If you miss messy, ink-stained fingers, get back to the craft room! Secure Outcomes helps employees, green card applicants and others keep their paws clean via digitized fingerprints. While the bulk of its livescan fingerprint scanners have been sold to law enforcement agencies (Sheridan Police, for one), a growing number of commercial clients are opting in.
No, not just because it’s spotless. It’s because of the near-zero rejection rates.
Equipped with a few patents, including one for a fingerprint scanner with real-time audio or visual feedback, Secure Outcomes now offers a civilian version (read: cheaper). The LS-Lite is $7,495, nearly half the price of the original.

Headquarters: 2902 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 200 in Evergreen.

Founder: Jack Harper, CEO

Employees: 10

Recent News: Sold its 110th system and is in 12 Colorado school districts.

Contact: 303.670.8375 or sales@secureoutcomes.net

Home on the web: secureoutcomes.net

Digital Fingerprint Scanner Firm Widens its Reach

 January 21, 2015

Digital Fingerprint Scanner Firm Widens its Reach

by Deb Hurley Brobst
Secure Outcomes, an Evergreen-based business that manufactures digital fingerprinting scanners, now has scanners in Denver Public Schools, a law firm in Chicago and an Arkansas airport.
In addition, the company’s LiveScan system is used by more than 100 law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
The LiveScan machine is about the size of a small printer, except that instead of making copies, it has a small screen that digitally replicates fingerprints. Owner Jack Harper (Webmaster: Secure Outcomes has 33 Shareholders) says businesses and organizations are quickly finding uses for instantaneous fingerprint scans as part of background checks.
DPS is using the scanner to fingerprint employees and volunteers; the Chicago law firm, which specializes in immigration law, fingerprints immigrants on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. Airports are using the scanner to check employees.
Harper, a software engineer for 42 years, moved to Evergreen in 1980. While selling digital fingerprinting systems for other companies, he decided he could design something that was more portable, easy to use and less expensive. So he sat at his kitchen table to write the software more than four years ago.
LiveScan collects fingerprints that are more easily read compared to those taken with ink and paper, Harper said. Plus, one machine can store up to 20,000 sets of fingerprints or transmit a set of fingerprints to another agency for identification and the person’s criminal history.
The sales and tech work is done at the company office at 2902 Evergreen Parkway, and the components are built in Denver.

Ward Police

May 15, 2014
Fingerprints at Ward Council (excerpts)
Ink rollers at Ward police department became museum pieces Monday as City Council members approved digital fingerprinting capability.
Ward mayor Art Brooke and aldermen Bill Moon, Lee Schoonover, Jeff Shaver, Gary Matheny, Charles Gastineau and Don Howard attended the meeting.
Ward Chief of Police Steve Benton told aldermen of the LS1100 Digital Livescan Fingerprinting system. The system would cost $13,995, with financing over 60 months for monthly payments of $279.30, with no penalty for early payoff.
But, Benton added, he does not think it will take the full 60 months to pay it off.
“This is technology that is out there. We think it is a good thing.,” Brooke said. “But, it’s above my buying power is the reason it is before the council,” Brooke said.
Benton said the system would be plug-and-play using Internet capability already in place in the department.
Once a fingerprint is “captured” by the scanner, it is transmitted to the State Police, “It gives an almost instantaneous return. In a worse-case scenario, maybe an hour to hear back,” Benton said.
In a letter to the council members, Benton said results of ink fingerprints sent to the state Crime Lab could take several months to be seen.
It would do away with the problem of unacceptable ink fingerprints that are rejected by the State Police, Benton said. “I’ve never had a concealed-carry card that passed,” he said.
Although the fingerprint unit it too large to be considered portable, it can be used outside the office for special events, Benton said.
The system can be used for fingerprinting children if parents want it done, Benton said. Fingerprint cards are printed and surrendered to the parents without the scan being stored or transmitted. “It’s just for parents to keep,” he said.
The service would also be available for individuals who need fingerprints for employment, Benton said. Unacceptable inked fingerprints cause delays for those individuals when they must be re-done.
Shaver made the motion to approve the purchase. “Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Very beneficial,” he said.
The motion was approved without opposition.

Springdale PD

Scanning Replaces Ink Prints

MACHINE SAVES TIME FOR OFFICERS, PUBLIC

Posted: March 26, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.

 — Fingerprinting ink is disappearing from police stations.

The Springdale Police Department has switched to a digital fingerprinting machine that scans fingers without inking them. The new machine saves time, both for officers and those who need a fingerprint card for work or permits.

“It takes about half the time than inking fingers did,” said Sgt. Jerry Corken. “Plus, you know right away if the prints are good.”

The time savings is important for the Springdale officer on desk duty, who has to juggle members of the public needing to be fingerprinted with those registering complaints or trying to bail out someone in custody.

“I’ve walked through the lobby several times when it’s full of people waiting to be fingerprinted,” said Kathy O’Kelley, police chief. “We’re about the last place in the area that people can come to get their fingerprints.”

The only access Northwest Arkansas residents have to an inkless fingerprinting machine is at the Springdale Police Department.

Those who need to be fingerprinted include teachers, health care workers, government contractors and those seeking concealed weapon permits, Corken said.

“It seems like more and more people have to be fingerprinted for their work,” Corken said. “I think it’s fallout from 9/11 with the need for more security.”

People come in from all over Washington County, as well as Siloam Springs and Rogers to be fingerprinted, Corken said.

Joe Claborn, of Springdale, came to the station Friday. He is trying to get a teacher certification in Arkansas. He now drives to Watts, Okla., each day to teach.

“In Oklahoma, I went to the state capital to be fingerprinted,” Claborn said.

Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as most other states, require fingerprint cards as part of background checks on teachers, according to each state’s Department of Education.

Claborn left the police station after about 10 minutes holding his fingerprint card.

“It’s nice, when you get fingerprints, that you know it’s good,” Claborn said. “My brother had to send his card in two or three times before he got a good one.”

The old inked prints sometimes didn’t come out clear enough to read, O’Kelley said. If the ink is too light or too dark, the prints are rejected, she said.

“I think our failure rate was about 30 percent,” O’Kelley said. “You’d mail them in and the state would sent it back a month later. Rolling a finger with ink is an art and we don’t have the time to teach it to everyone.”

The new machine, an LS1100 Digital LiveScan System, grades the fingerprints with a score and a color. Green is an excellent print, yellow is acceptable and red is rescanned.

Springdale has two of the new machines, one in front for the public and a second in back for prisoners.

“It’s more secure back there, where we don’t have to bring them to the front of the station,” Corken said.

People arrested on suspicion of committing Class A misdemeanors are fingerprinted at the station. Suspects’ results are sent digitally by the machine directly to the state, Corken said.

“If we are looking for a match in a hurry, we can get results back in about half an hour,” Corken said.

Those with felonies are fingerprinted on an older digital machine at the county jail, Corken said. The Springdale jail does not house those facing felony charges.

The machines cost about $7,500 each and were included in the city’s 2012 budget, O’Kelley said.

Secure Outcomes of Evergreen, Colo., provided the machines.

“We have machines in about eight locations in Arkansas,” Harper said. “We just finished being certified in Arkansas.”

Fort Smith is the closest city to Northwest Arkansas to have one of the LiveScan machines, Harper said.

Across the state, 39 digital machines are connected to the state fingerprinting system, said Bill Sadler, public affairs officer with the Arkansas State Police. The digital program began in 1998, he said.

Many of those departments use an old, huge machine that cost about $50,000 when new, Corken said. The new machines are about the size of a briefcase and can be carried into the field.

“We could take it to a school and fingerprint a large number of kids at one time,” Corken said.

Once any bugs are worked out, Springdale police plan to charge about $10 for fingerprinting those who live and work outside of Springdale, O’Kelley said. Those who live or work in the city would still be free, she said.

AT A GLANCE

Springdale Police Fingerprinting

The department offers a fingerprinting service to the public. It is required to fingerprint all Class A misdemeanor suspects.

Class A misdemeanors include:

  • First-degree assault
  • Third-degree battery
  • First- and second-degree criminal mischief
  • Flight from an officer
  • Harassment
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Resisting arrest
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft of property
  • Violation of a protection order

Source: Springdale Police Department

Steve Caraway

The Morning News

Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

479-872-5045

scaraway@nwaonline.com

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