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Status Report on Transformational 1 and Major Crown Projects 2

Real Time Identification (RTID)


Real Time Identification (RTID) is a re-engineering of systems and business processes used for fingerprint identification, civil clearances and criminal records maintenance. It will transform the current paper-based workflow to an electronic workflow, enabling the “real time” identification of fingerprints submitted electronically.

Fingerprints are submitted by police agencies to support the creation of a criminal record, or to search the criminal record repository during a criminal investigation or civil security screening. RTID will streamline these services, facilitate information sharing internationally, and permit an improved tracking of criminals by condensing identification turnaround times from weeks and months to hours and days.

Funding for the RTID Project was announced on April 20, 2004, under the National Security Policy. Between 2001 and 2004, significant work had already been undertaken by a small project team within the RCMP to define RTID requirements and prepare statements of work in anticipation of this announcement.

The Project was established under the sponsorship of National Police Services. The Chief Information Officer was appointed Project Leader, responsible for achieving the technology improvements associated with the project. The Project Director reports to the Chief Information Officer.

Project Phase:

The Project is being delivered in two major Phases. RTID Phase 1 modernized the civil clearance process by replacing the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and implementing a new transaction manager permitting agencies to submit their fingerprint information electronically. Phase 1 was closed in September 2008.

RTID Phase 2 will modernize the processes related to the management and update of the criminal records. The release of RTID Phase 2 has changed into a subset of the original and will concentrate on a core criminal records release. Further releases will be required to bring it to end state. Release 2.0 is scheduled for production in 2011-2012. However, the Independent Review will validate the schedule. Release 2.0 is a re-engineering effort and will replace some of the antiquated legacy systems. RTID Phase 2 Release 2.0 is currently in the implementation phase.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department RCMP
Contracting Authority PWGSC

Participating Departments

These departments and agencies are main contributors to the RTID System.

  • Public Safety
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Correctional Services Canada
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Transport Canada
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Provincial and Municipal Police Agencies

Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor

Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc/Fujitsu Conseil (Canada) Inc
600-360 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7X7

Major Subcontractors

ADGA Group
600-616 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5G3

Cogent Systems, Inc.
639 North Rosemead Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91107, USA

Major Milestones
List of Major Milestones Date
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and infrastructure to permit electronic fingerprint processing in production

March 2007

Electronic fingerprint processes for civil purposes implemented

March 2007

Contract for Criminal Record Workflow Component of RTID System (Phase 2) awarded

February 2008

Electronic processing of latent (crime scene) fingerprints implemented March 2008
Criminal Record Workflow Component Implemented 2011
Project Closed 2012

Progress Report and Explanation of Variances

The development work for Phase 2 Release 2.0 is underway and expected to be delivered in July 2011. It is currently on budget but behind schedule. An amended Effective Project Approval (EPA) submission to Treasury Board will be submitted in the Spring of 2010 to re-baseline the project schedule utilizing the ongoing Independent Review's recommendations.

Industrial Benefits

There are no industrial benefits of the Real Time Identification Project.

1 As defined in the Policy on the Management of Projects
2 As defined in the Policy on the Management of Major Crown Projects.