Do You Know Where Your Offenders Are?
The Facial Recognition System developed by AcSys Biometrics successfully identified an inmate wearing an officer’s uniform during a demonstration conducted at the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization’s Mock Prison Riot.
New biometric technologies have already proved their value for prison applications. The state prison in Calipatra, Calif., saw a 65-percent reduction in violent incidents following installation of Technology Systems International Inc.’s PRISM RFID technology, which provides real-time tracking of inmates and officers via radio frequency (RF) transmitters.
Officers attach the RF transmitters to their belts, while inmates wear transmitters on their wrists that verify the total number of inmates housed in the prison every two seconds. The technology has prevented all escapes.
California’s Contra Costa County uses NEC Solutions America’s automated fingerprint identification system to scan inmates’ fingerprints for ensuring the identity of the prisoner when checked against the database. The technology also offers applications for identifying suspects wanted in unsolved crimes, but does present identification problems for some individuals.
IR Recognition Systems has developed so-called HandKey Readers that capture inmates prints for comparison with prints stored in a database, while ImageWare Systems Inc. has developed its Omni Biometric Engine for identifying suspects through a combination of metrics, including face, signature, and other attributes.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from Law Enforcement Technology (06/04) Vol. 31, No. 6, P. 118; Reza, J.D. .