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Biometric rapid identification system for Florida Police.

Sagem Morpho : 12 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Fingerprint biometrics enable Florida police to instantly identify suspects and bring up record of previous convictions.
Sagem Morpho has announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is the first public safety organisation in the United States to deploy a statewide fingerprint identification system dedicated to remote rapid identification.

The Sagem Morpho Rapid ID system enables Florida public safety officers in the field or other remote locations to positively identify sex offenders, probationers, and individuals with Florida criminal records in less than 15 seconds.

Sagem Morpho, which develops highly accurate Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) for public safety agencies worldwide, leveraged its high-speed biometric coding and matching technology, commercial off-the-shelf servers and non-proprietary, standards-based software to create the stand-alone Rapid ID system for FDLE. Originally mandated by Florida's Jessica Lunsford Act, the FDLE Rapid ID was launched in October 2006 and is part of Florida's Integrated Criminal History System, also know as FALCON. FALCON involves the integration and enhancement of Florida's Computerised Criminal History and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.

"The Rapid ID system has already proven to be of significant value to our partner criminal justice agencies," said Penny Kincannon, FDLE CIO. "We plan to expand this technology statewide to other venues such as patrol vehicles for roadside stops, jails for inmate entry and release, and courtrooms to confirm if DNA already exists on file for a convicted felon."

FDLE believes the system could be called upon to support queries from as many as 15,000 Edge devices statewide by late 2008. Rapid ID is in place in all of the state's sheriffs' offices and probation offices and is currently being piloted by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Pinellas County Jail.

"Rapid ID is ground-breaking biometric technology," said Bernard Gautier, Sagem Morpho President and CEO. "Rapid ID differs from AFIS because Rapid ID requires no manual interaction during the fingerprint matching process."
In a typical Rapid ID application, a police officer on the street or a parole officer in a field office uses a small portable device called an edge biometric scanner to obtain digital fingerprint images from an individual. The edge unit transmits the digital print images either wirelessly or via a closed network to the Rapid ID system in Tallahassee for matching against the approximately 4-million-record FDLE fingerprint database.

If a database match is made with the individual's prints, Rapid ID uses an identification number to extract that person's criminal records from the Florida Criminal Information Centre. This "rap sheet" information is packaged into an abbreviated format and returned to a screen on the edge device where it can be viewed and read by the public safety official.

The on-screen information provided to public safety officers allows them to instantly identify the offender in question, and ascertain whether that person is a sex offender or if there is an outstanding arrest warrant, so the officer can take appropriate action. If no match is made, the Rapid ID system purges the prints, and they are not retained in a database.
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