Kojak with or Without LED Prompts – Which to Choose?

So, what is the difference between the Kojak with LED Prompts and without LED Prompts?

Integrated Biometrics makes two different versions of the Kojak live scan fingerprinting machine. One of them has a row of lights on the top of the device which act as prompts to show which finger you should be scanning. Kojak also offers a version with no light up prompts. 

Our software, VeriScan Plus With Fingerprint Scanning, will show you exactly which finger or group of fingers you should be scanning throughout the fingerprinting process.

As you scan each finger, the fingers will turn green in the image on the screen. So if you are viewing the screen while doing the scan, or a proctor is guiding someone through the process, it is likely that the Kojak 10-Roll Scanner without LED Prompts will do the trick. 

However, if it’s not easy to see the screen while printing, or if you’d like to have some extra visual cues right there on the scanner, the version with LED prompts is a perfect choice.

If you are using your own software, check to see what the fingerprinting guidance process is like and if it includes visual cues on the screen.

Another blog you may like: What Is Electronic “Live Scan” Fingerprint Scanning?

What Is Electronic “Live Scan” Fingerprint Scanning?

Live scan fingerprinting is an electronic method for capturing fingerprints. Fingerprints are required for:

  • Government background checks
  • Adoption applications
  • Construction industry licensing
  • Insurance
  • Business applications
  • Social services
  • State and federal employment in sensitive industries
  • Law enforcement applications
  • Legal work
  • Transportation employment
  • Firearms purchase
  • TSA Precheck, TWIC, HAZMAT and other certifications
  • And more

Historically, fingerprints were taken using an ink pad. Ink was applied to the finger and then the print was rolled onto cardstock. As you can imagine this process was messy, prone to smudges, and especially time-consuming if multiple copies of fingerprints needed to be sent to different agencies or retained for any reason. 

Live scan fingerprinting machines, such as the Integrated Biometrics Kojak, have totally changed the game. The fingerprint scanner has a small screen made of LES sensor film that is hyper-sensitive and only responds to human skin. The fingerprint is captured electronically. With a live scan fingerprinting machine there is no ink, and instead, the scanned fingerprints are printed on the card directly from the computer or a PDF file. 

Kojak is an industry favorite because it is basically smudge-proof, so it does not require rigorous cleaning between prints and it can perform in direct sunlight. It uses a metal bar across the bottom of the screen to know when to start scanning, by creating an electrical connection that tells the machine when it’s time to start scanning. 

Benefits of Live Scan Fingerprinting:

  • No need for messy ink.
  • Errors and smudges can be redone with a single click. With ink-based fingerprints, the entire card will have to be redone from scratch.
  • Fingerprinting machines are resistant to smudges, oils, and dirt – hands do not need to be as rigorously cleaned before beginning the scanning process.
  • Ink fingerprints require manually guiding the fingers on the page. This requires someone to physically manipulate the hands of the person being scanned. With live fingerprint scanning, the user can scan each fingerprint themselves. 
  • Live scans fingerprint scanning works better with the small percentage of the population who have difficult-to-read fingerprints. 
  • An overall faster process with minimal setup.
  • Multiple copies of fingerprints can be printed from the same scan. 

What is needed to perform live scan fingerprinting?

  • Fingerprinting equipment such as the Kojak
  • A computer with at least a Quad-Core 64-Bit Processor, and at least 8GB of memory.
  • VeriScan Desktop Plus or Enterprise
  • An FBI-approved printer such as the Lexmark MS421
  • FBI-approved cardstock for fingerprint submissions

You can use manual entry of ID information, however, using an ID scanner that includes ID authentication and ID parsing will save time and ensure that you’re scanning the right person’s fingerprints.

We believe live scan fingerprinting equipment will replace the need for ink-and-paper fingerprints in the near future. It is cleaner, more convenient, and saves time. Contact us for a demo of our fingerprint scan-to-print hardware and software bundles.