MorphoTrak provides Orange County crime lab with biometric identification solution

June 23, 2015 - 

MorphoTrak announced that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Laboratory has formally accepted and is now using its new fingerprint identification system, Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS), that was awarded in a competitive procurement.

MorphoBIS is a multi-modal biometric system that identifies individuals with a high level of accuracy and enhanced productivity.

Using MorphoBIS, the crime lab is able to save time and resources while performing high volume searches not only for fingerprints and palmprints, but for the entire surface of the hand.

As the first biometric identification system to include the automated search of all the friction ridge areas of the hand (Major Case Prints), MorphoBIS ensures that even the smallest latent print found at a crime scene can be searched effectively for the purpose of criminal identification.

“Our new system has already shown significant increases in productivity and crime solving, with many recent successes,” said Lisa Zinn, Crime Lab Assistant Director. “This is helping Orange County stay on the leading edge of law enforcement technology in the U.S.”

In a recent National Institute of Standards and Technology test, , the Morpho algorithms used in MorphoBIS were found to have the highest fingerprint accuracy in image-only latent searches, which is considered the most difficult automated search scenario.

These searches significantly increase operational speed, and do not require pre-processing or manual intervention during the search process, which allows latent print examiners to devote their time to more difficult tasks and verifications.

The MorphoBIS system was installed at the Crime Lab in October 2014, after which it was rigorously tested under real-world conditions before being formally accepted for operational use.

“The superior matching accuracy of MorphoBIS helps technicians solve long held cold cases, and more quickly provide identifications for new ones,” said Celeste Thomasson, president and CEO of MorphoTrak. “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab is one of the first public service organizations to benefit from this powerful new version of MorphoBIS in 2015.”

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