Biometrics: further success for Sterias FIT solution in Germany

Friday 27 February 2004 11:21 CET | News

The Bavarian police force has chosen SteriasFIT biometrics solution for the management and transmission of fingerprints as part of its suspect information identification and recording procedures. This project follows Sterias implementation of the Eurodac project involving the biometric management of asylum applications for the European Commission and 14 EU countries, and its pilot project to set-up a biometric facial recognition system for Grampian police in Scotland. Sterias FIT (Fingerprint Image Transmission) solution will enable the Bavarian criminal investigation department to check the identity of suspects by transmitting fingerprints and other biometric data such as faces or signatures to national databases in a highly secure manner. The new generation of FIT was developed by Steria in conjunction with international experts. The solution will be set up on Bavarian police premises and at 80 sites as well as being integrated into the INPOL information system used by the police. The project will allow identification and records officers to enhance their workflow and accelerate data transmission to the German Federal Bureau of Investigation so as to fight against organised crime and terrorist networks more efficiently. Fingerprint identification Most of the Bavarian polices identification and records division offices will in the future manage cases electronically by using "live scanners". These record suspects digitised fingerprints, which are then classified in the INPOL system and the corresponding criminal records by police officers. The FIT solution has also been customised in collaboration with experts to record and analyse fingerprints from the criminal investigation department and the Middle Franconian police headquarters. A new interface with the central AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) database has also been developed, enabling data to be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a matter of seconds. FIT: exchanging biometric data throughout Europe FIT software is frequently used by national and international police forces, German border patrol (BGS) and several European organisations, including the European Commission, which uses FIT within the scope of the Eurodac project for processing asylum applications in EU member states. Around two million immigration and asylum applications will be processed by the end of 2004. Steria in the UK has a strong offering of biometric solutions in areas such as security, criminal justice and law enforcement. The main components of the offering include Crime and Custody Management systems, facial recognition software and systems and Fingerprint Image Transmission (FIT) technology. Sterias biometrics customers in the UK include Grampian Police Force, which uses Sterias facial recognition software to identify those taken into custody.

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