Finger print scanners latest weapon for NSW police

Cops to carry millions of fingerprints using wireless technology

The NSW government has spent more than $5 million issuing police with portable digital fingerprint scanners to stop criminals weaseling out of fines, arrest warrants, court appearances and breaches of bail.

The technology was successfully used to identify police records for 10 people arrested at a music festival last Sunday.

All 500 scanners, expected to be rolled out by June under the Field Identification Project first revealed by Computerworld in 2005, will allow police to check offender records in the field, keeping themselves out of the office and on the streets.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said it is always looking at ways of improving the technology that police officers have access to.

“One of the greatest benefits of the mobile fingerprint scanners is that it improves officer safety,” Scipione said.

“You might pick up an offender for shoplifting, offensive conduct or graffiti, but you never know whether he or she is wanted on more serious or violent charges.”

The units, roughly the size of a portable home phone, are strapped onto officers’ arms or used on a hand-held mounted bracket to maintain safe distance between police and suspects.

Captured fingerprints are uploaded to the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) database using embedded wireless cards, and cross-checked with recorded fingerprints to provide officers with an identity match.

The devices access the database, which contains some four million fingerprint records from every Australian state, within 90 seconds of capturing an offender’s fingerprints.

Scanners connect to the highest grade Telstra wireless service available from Next G, 3G, Edge and GPRS.

Sagem Australasia was awarded the contract to supply the devices in October 2007.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags wirelessTelstra3gbiometricsnsw policefingerprint

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kathryn Edwards

Computerworld
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?