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Biometric fingerprint sensor application to detect alcohol.

Lumidigm : 12 March, 2008  (Technical Article)
New Mexico police commission report from Lumidigm into the use of biometric technology for detecting the presence of alcohol in drivers using the fingerprint.
Lumidigm has recently delivered a report consisting of biometric performance study results from the testing of Lumidigm Venus fingerprint sensors to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department in New Mexico. This report was commissioned by the Sheriff's Department as part of its exploration of the use of biometrically-enabled technologies for drunk driving interdiction. The Sheriff's Department received a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) technology grant to commission the Lumidigm report.

Lumidigm uses unique and patented multispectral analysis to produce biometric fingerprint images. Biometric data collection is not the only possible use of multispectral technology. Lumidigm sensors can potentially be configured to collect additional information, such as the presence of alcohol. "The potential implications for law enforcement personnel as it relates to DWI enforcement is very encouraging," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

"Within a couple of years there will be wide adoption of biometrically-enabled security and personalization devices in automobiles," said Matthew Ennis, Vice President of Business Development at Lumidigm. "We have an advantage in this marketplace because of the ability of our fingerprint sensors to work well in the same extreme conditions where automobiles are used." Lumidigm believes biometrically-enabled alcohol sensing in vehicles would be sold as an option to fleet managers.

"With this study, Lumidigm has proven they can offer state-of-the-art technology which will enhance our ability to effect DWI arrests and strengthen the cases from a prosecution standpoint as well," said Sheriff White. He continued, "We are following with interest the applications related to the handheld device Lumidigm is developing for the US Army." The 2008 Defense Appropriations Act includes $2M for the development of the handheld fingerprint reader, which will bring quick and secure identification and verification to the field. Expected to be available this summer, Lumidigm's handheld biometric device is highly anticipated among law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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