The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) in Arizona has announced it has received four iris scanners for enrolling and identifying inmates at the Pinal County Jail as well as biometrically tracking and monitoring registered sex offenders living in the county, according to a San Tan Valley Today article.
The scanners, which come from biometric technology developer B12 Technologies, will be able to compare collected biometric data to national databases in addition to the locally maintained one.
PCSO officials are praising the new system for its ability to far out perform ink fingerprints in its ability to confirm an inmate’s identity and display his necessary information during sign-in or release process by reducing the process from a six to 20 hour process down to five seconds and being entirely contactless.
While the initial four devices will only be used for inmate and sex offender tracking, PCSO has also revealed plans to eventually outfit its field officers with mobile multi-modal biometric scanners to verify identities, criminal backgrounds and any outstanding warrants on suspects as they are brought into custody.
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