Australian criminal intelligence agency to introduce biometrics identification system

CrimTrac, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies, will replace the national fingerprint database used by law enforcement agencies with an expanded biometrics identification system, according to a report by IT News for Australian Business.

The agency currently operates the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), supported by Morpho’s operating system, which enables law enforcement agencies to upload fingerprints from crime scenes to help identify a suspect within minutes.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan recently announced that CrimTrac will be replacing NAFIS with “cutting edge technology” that features a range of new capabilities.

In addition to providing information on fingerprints, the new database would also include data on faces, palm prints, voice recognition, scars, bodily marks and tattoos, as well as facilitate a more rapid matching process.

CrimTrac said it intends on rolling out the new biometrics identification system by 2017.

A formal request for tenders has yet to be issued.

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