MorphoTrak partners with Identity One for biometric inmate identification in Arizona

August 20, 2013 - 

MorphoTrak has partnered with Identity One to deliver BIOGUARD, its system for identifying prison inmates by fingerprint, to the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff’s office.

Using MorphoTrak optical sensors, BIOGUARD captures two index fingerprints from inmates upon entering the prison system, and then verifies their identity when they are later released. The system also displays a photograph of the inmates for visual verification.

According to the companies, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office is the first county-wide network to use BIOGUARD. The county decided to use the system after a career criminal escaped by convincing another inmate to hand over his identity, allowing for his early undetected release.

“This is a simple system, but the benefit for the County is very high and they now have a biometric jail identity management platform that can be easily expanded,” David Smith, president and CEO of Identity One said.

Earlier this month, MorphoTrak launched its Morpho Mobile Gateway, which allows multiple mobile biometric device to interface with the FBI’s Repository for Individuals of Special Concern, as well as any AFIS, regardless of the vendor.

MorphoTrust USA, another subsidiary of Morpho has also recently updated its Offender ID inmate identification, enrollment and tracking solution, which employs fingerprint and facial biometric data.

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