For law enforcement, catching criminals has always been a top priority. Now, thanks to new technologies and specifically biometrics, catching criminals and closing cases is faster and more frequent.
Harris County Sheriffs Office (HSCO) demonstrated this benefit when the biometric solutions they use from Motorola (News
) helped in catching a murder felon who would have otherwise gone unidentified at the time of the incident.
A recent news release explains that the officers had entered a home to serve an arrest warrant to a wanted suspect in an unrelated case, who was not in the home at the time. When looking to ID those at the home, all of which did not have proper identification on them, the officers used Motorola's Mobile Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), a hand held device that captures fingerprints of suspects and the Printrak Biometric Identification Solution (BIS), to fingerprint the men and check them against a database of fingerprints taken at prior crime scenes. In doing so, they were able to positively identify one of the men as a murder felon.
Motorola's mission critical communication technologies provide government, law officials and enterprises with the technologies they need to be successful and productive. Their BIS and AFIS solutions offer immediate, secure identification whenever and wherever it is needed.
"The device transmits this information in a secure encrypted format over a private network to the central Motorola Printrak BIS database. At the central site, advanced matching algorithms perform a search to compare this biometric data against the information of known or wanted criminals," a news release noted.
Earlier this month, Motorola's BIS also made headlines
when it helped South Carolina police nab a burglar who left a palm print at the crime scene. When later picked up on marijuana charges, the suspect's palm was found to match the databases print for the suspect in the burglary, and they were able to make an arrest.
Biometric Identification helps to secure appropriate identities and is increasingly being used by government and enterprises alike. The technology has enabled advancements in fingerprinting; including new solutions like facial recognition and a host of others for granting secure access, or catching suspects in these intensive and critical fields.
A report by research firm, Frost & Sullivan predicts that the North American market for biometric applications will triple from 2004, which generated $527 million, to $1.4 billion in 2008.