About SWFT Plus enrollment
SWFT Plus Enrollment (SWFT+) is a web based system to enable collection of fingerprints using a web application that can run on a browser. SWFT+ is administered and maintained by Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), a government agency which is accountable for capture and maintenance of personnel data of the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD).
SWFT Plus allows using existing fingerprint capture workstations by standardizing the process of capture, storage and transmission of electronic SWFT fingerprints. SWFT+ makes it possible to capture personnel biometric data once and share it across different agencies and facilities. It also eliminates the need of manual paper-based fingerprint capture and all the shortcomings associated with it, resulting in expedited process and enhanced reliability.
DoD Screening made easy
The U.S. Department of Defence employs a large workforce spread across the planet and processes thousands of new employment applications every year. It has a number of departments, facilities and bases across the world, making personnel screening and security of PII a daunting task.
It could not be achieved without a quick and standardized system of processing applicants’ biographic and biometric data and performing background verification. Along with that, security of biographic and biometric information is also a major requirement at DoD. To address these requirements and challenges, SWFT+ was introduced.
SWFT+ enables DoD to perform unified, quick and efficient background screening of applicants across its departments, agencies and bases. Using web application to capture and submit fingerprints results in effortless yet secure collection and distribution of biometric details of the applicants throughout DoD departments and agencies.
DoD successfully ran a pilot of SWFT+ in the Department of Army and then rolled out the system for department-wide use. SWFT+ is designated to be used across Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps for personnel screening for DoD’s military as well as civilian positions.
There are many options how SWFT plus DMDC submissions can be made. It can be done by SWFT fingerprint transmission kit, which is offered by many SWFT fingerprint vendors to carryout SWFT plus enrollment and submit fingerprints. Services from an authorized third party channeler can also be availed as SWFT fingerprint transmission kit does require some upfront investment.
SWFT+ system is made of two major components
- Web based SWFT Plus fingerprint enrollment system
- Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) system for secure data transmission
SWFT plus fingerprint enrollment system consists of a lightweight web application that can run on a web browser and SWFT (Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission) system for data transfer. SWFT plus fingerprint enrollment application enables authorized users to enter their biographic data as well as capture biometrics (SWFT fingerprints) using their local fingerprint capture workstations.
This data is collected by a server-side application and integrated into standard FBI electronic biometric transmission specification (EBTS) files. EBTS files are forwarded to the SWFT system, which are eventually transmitted to target agencies to perform screening.