Biometrics important in AirAsia recovery

Indonesian authorities used fingerprint and iris recognition solutions crosschecked against the nation’s biometric ID database to quickly and accurately identify the passengers who died in the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash, according to a report by the Emirates News Agency.

The Disaster Victim Identification team at the Indonesian Republic Police Department were able to identify the deceased passengers using the mobile Automated Multi- Biometric Identification System (Mambis).

Developed by Indonesia’s Biomorf, the biometric software works with Credence ID’s Trident mobile device to match iris and fingerprint data against Indonesia’s biometric electronic ID card database.

As a result, the solution has been able to rapidly identify 50% of the passengers recovered from the crash.

Connecting remotely to the database, the Trident device is able to quickly uncover a person’s details in the event that a match or near match is made.

AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200 crashed into the sea on December 28, with a total of 162 passengers onboard.

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