The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the completion of upgrades to the biometric systems installed for the US-VISIT program. One aspect of the new upgrades will see international visitors to the U.S. giving samples of ten fingerprints as opposed to the two the system previously required. The same system upgrades have changed the required two-fingerprints to ten for visa applications as well.
The upgrades came as a result from the partnership of the FBI, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department. Government officials are expecting the upgrades to result in a more efficient system yielding a better chance of matching samples to known and unknown terrorists as well as less of a chance of a false match made.