The UK’s National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has brought mobile fingerprinting devices to the police agencies in the UK to enable quicker identification of fingerprints without having to bring the person of interest back to the police station for identification authentication, according to a Planet Biometrics article.
Though capable of identifying a person of interest via his fingerprints, the MobileID devices will not store any of the collected fingerprints.
The rollout of the devices, which follows a trial of the technology at 28 different stations and a change in size of the device, is expected to save time by removing the need for officers to move back and forth from the station to scenes to ensure a suspect’s identity. It also increases each officer’s ability to know for sure if the arrestee is the offender they are looking for even if he is using an alias or fraudulent documents.
Other benefits include the ability to better identify unconscious or fatal victims at the scene of a crime or accident.
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