Anaheim, Calif. -- A record year of expenditures by worldwide law enforcement agencies on automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) concluded in December with Printrak International, Inc. having won a string of 14 consecutive competitive bids. According to a press release from Printrak, the series began in late 1994 when the Czech Republic took delivery of a national identification system and concluded with the most recent award by the state of Arkansas. Contracts ranged in size from $100,000 to more than $10 million and were awarded by national, state, county, city, and U.S. territorial governments. Domestic spending for AFIS equipment has been prodded by increasing public safety demands throughout the U.S., while international sales are on the rise in post-Cold War Europe, according to Richard Giles, Printrak president and CEO. "In all markets, however, we are seeing a further positive response to a technology breakthrough in real-time fingerprint identification, which is the first significant technical reason to upgrade capabilities in more than a decade," he said. The year's largest contract -- $10.3 million -- was awarded by the state of Louisiana, which Giles refers to as "a showcase for future identification systems." The multi-year implementation provides a central computerized criminal history system linked to six remote processing sites in major cities and 84 live scan fingerprint input stations throughout the state. The system also provides an integrated mugshot image base for the first time, and it is compatible with the FBI's national database. Other competitive orders booked during the year include the state of Nebraska; U.K.'s New Scotland Yard; cities of Montreal, Canada and Durham, North Carolina; territories of Guam and Puerto Rico; Dade County, Florida; and national systems for Greece and Ireland. Printrak International, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif. is a developer of biometric imaging technology for personal identification solutions.