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Status Report on Transformational1 and Major Crown Projects2


The Real Time Identification (RTID) Project was designed to facilitate the timely and efficient exchange of criminal records and fingerprint information and 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.

The original RTID business case was approved as part of the Preliminary Project Approval (PPA) submitted in December 2004. Treasury Board Effective Project Approval (EPA) for Phase 1 dated October 2005 and EPA for Phase 2 dated June 2007 were both granted. Funding for the RTID Project was announced on April 20, 2004, under the National Security Policy.

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 business owner is the Assistant Commissioner, Forensic Science and Identification Services. From a project governance perspective, the RTID Project Director reports to both the Chief Information Officer and the Assistant Commissioner, Forensic Science and Identification Services.

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 from an Information Technology perspective in September 2008.

The scope of RTID Phase 2 has been amended based on recommendations made by an Independent Review conducted in 2010. Project work continues to refine the foundational systems delivered in Phase 1. This component of the project is in implementation phase.

Planning for the delivery of the remaining criminal records processing (disposition) requirements will follow the successful modernization of phase 1.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Contracting Authority Public Works and Government Services Canada
Participating Departments
  • 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)
Major Subcontractor(s)

Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc., 600-360 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1R 7X7

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 Milestone 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
Vulnerable Sector functionality implemented October 2010
Amended EPA Submission December 2010
EPA Approval March 2011

Project Outcomes

The RTID Project aligns to the RCMP strategic outcome of "criminal activity affecting Canadians is reduced” and supports Forensic Science & Identification Services, Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services expected outcome “to maintain the national repository of criminal record and fingerprint information."

RTID Project Service Level Agreements
Service 2001 RTID
Fingerprint verification, civil 10-print searched (not linked to a criminal record) 5 months 3 business days
Fingerprint verification, latent (crime scene) searches 6 weeks 24 hours
Fingerprint verification, refugee 10-print searches 6 weeks 2 hours*
Fingerprint verification, criminal 10-print searches 10 weeks 2 hours**
Criminal record updates 9 months 24 hours***
Fingerprint verification, civil 10-print (linked to a criminal record) 6 weeks 3 business days
* Available in production May 2010
** Contingent upon Criminal Migration implementation
***Contingent upon a full RTID implementation

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

The RTID Project is in the process of amending its Effective Project Approval (EPA) in order to re-establish the approval authority. The Independent Review and the subsequent options analysis recommended a “right–sized approach with a funding shortfall.” An amended EPA submission to Treasury Board will be submitted in the spring of 2011 to re-baseline the project schedule. No additional funding will be requested as the shortfall will be funded through the RCMP’s annual reference levels.

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.