MorphoTrak provides mobile biometric identification solution to Florida sheriff’s office

March 11, 2015 - 

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has deployed a MorphoTrak mobile biometric identification solution, allowing police officers to capture and search fingerprints against state and national FBI databases.

The solution is comprised of a Morpho Maestro gateway for system communications and 65 MorphoIDent mobile devices – no larger than a smartphone – that capture fingerprints in the field.

Maestro is a powerful tool that enhances the benefit of the mobile devices,” said Bill Schade, fingerprint records manager for Pinellas County. “In the short time we have had the system, it has already had a significant effect on our ability to deliver security to our citizens and deputies.”

Within the first week of deployment, the mobile identification solution successfully identified an unknown subject as a wanted felony suspect after searching the FBI Repository of Individuals of Special Concern database and finding a match.

In addition to apprehending criminals, the mobile system is able to make immediate identification of lost and deceased individuals possible when no other means of identification are available.

MorphoIDent devices enable deputies to quickly capture high quality fingerprints, while the Maestro gateway provides the interface to statewide and national fingerprint databases.

Using Maestro, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is now able to track and report on device usage and outcomes.

“The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing the benefits of our mobile identification solution,” said MorphoTrak president and CEO Celeste Thomasson. “The Morpho Maestro is a revolutionary tool for access to biometric data within the law enforcement community. Capture devices small enough to fit in a deputy’s pocket can now be used by any agency from almost any location in the U.S. to access a vast array of criminal identities in multiple AFIS systems. Morpho Maestro’s proprietary management tools and techniques make this possible.”

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