March 4, 2015 -
Floyd County Jail in Rome, Georgia is currently undergoing a major security system upgrade that features new biometric locks, according to a report by Northwest Georgia News.
The system is part of a $1.9 million special purpose, local options sales tax (SPLOST) project that is expected to be completed in April or May.
Deputies will be able to place their finger in the biometric lock device that will display their information before opening a door.
The system also ensures that the deputy has a heartbeat before it enables door access, ensuring that inmates will not be able to use a deputy’s dismembered finger to spoof the system.
Aside from the new locks, the jail upgrades will also include new high-tech security cameras and a video visitation system for inmates.
The video visitation system, which will also let inmates file complaints electronically with jail personnel and send email, will eventually replace traditional face-to-face visits, except in special circumstances, said Sheriff Tim Burkhalter.