West Virginia State Police using mobile biometric identification solution from MorphoTrak

November 28, 2012 - 

The West Virginia State Police (WWSP) has successfully been using MorphoIDent mobile ID devices to make real-time identifications on both the WVSP and the FBI’s Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) fingerprint databases.

The MorphoIDent device is a smartphone-sized mobile fingerprint identification system supplied by MorphoTrak. MorphoTrak is a subsidiary of Safran USA and provides biometric and identity management solutions to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

These particular devices help WVSP officers quickly determine if a person detained during a routine traffic stop has outstanding wants or warrants – even if the person doesn’t have ID or gives a false name. MorphoIDent quickly captures two of the person’s fingerprints and immediately searches them against the state’s criminal fingerprint databases and the FBI’s RISC database. Within minutes the device vibrates to indicate that search results are available, and whether or not the individual can be safely and confidently cited and released.
The FBI’s RISC includes approximately 2 million records of wanted persons, sex offender registry subjects and known or suspected terrorists.

As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, MorphTrak solutions have been used by the Massachusetts State Police, New York City Police Department as well as police departments in Arizona.

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