IDEMIA is excited to acknowledge once again the very best in their fields at IDEMIA Xccelerate 2022.
The most important aspect of these awards is that the nominations are submitted by YOU to recognize your colleagues, peers, and team members.
If you have an organization or team you would like to nominate, please complete submit a nomination by July 15th, 2022, for consideration:
If you have someone you would like to nominate, please complete the Award Nomination Form for each award by clicking on the "Nominate" button below each category.
The Bill Whyte Hit of the Year Award
The Bill Whyte Latent Hit of the Year Award acknowledges a professional who has made significant fingerprint identifications using biometric technology. Chief Superintendent Bill Whyte of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was a valued member and past Chairperson of the Printrak Biometrics Executive Committee (predecessor of the Executive Users Board). He served 33 years in forensic identification and was well known and admired throughout the international police community and the biometric industry as a leader in fingerprint identification innovation.
2021 Winner: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
The Face Hit of the Year Award
The Face Hit of the Year Award acknowledges a professional who has used facial recognition technology to solve a crime. This award was created in response to the increasingly prominent role that facial recognition plays in modern law enforcement. The inaugural award was presented in 2017 to the Delaware State Police for an arrest that was aided by facial recognition and supported by tattoo recognition. This set the bar for the 2018 award, presented to the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) Facial Recognition Unit (FRU). Recognizes a professional who has used facial recognition technology to solve a crime.
2021 Winner: Kentucky State Police
The Kathy Medrano Lifetime Achievement Award
The Kathy Medrano Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a colleague who has demonstrated effort and dedication far beyond the scope of his or her assigned duties, and expertise in biometrics. Kathy Medrano served at the Albuquerque Police Department for over 20 years as a project manager in the crime lab..
The Johan Parlevliet IDEMIA Employee Recognition Award
The Johan Parlevliet Employee Recognition Award is presented each year by the IDEMIA Customers to acknowledge an IDEMIA employee’s outstanding service has helped an agency achieve its goals. Johan Parlevliet was IDEMIA’s longtime European Service Manager. He served at the Netherlands National Police Services Agency (KLPD) and other agencies for more than 24 years. Johan was beloved by customers and built and maintained an important bridge between users and engineers.
2021 Winner: Ayman Okkashe, Technical Lead, FL-SC, IDEMIA
David Cotton Unusual/Amusing Fingerprint Contest
Let the fun begin! The Annual David Cotton Unusual/Amusing Fingerprint Contest also takes place every year. This portion showcases the lighter side of biometrics. We invite you to nominate images for the most unusual and amusing fingerprints of the year. IDEMIA Xccelerate 2022 attendees will be asked to vote during the conference.
2021 Winner: Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory