Philippine National Police deploy NEC fingerprint identification system

July 22, 2015 - 

NEC Corporation announced that NEC Philippines has deployed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila in an effort to maintain a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes.

The new AFIS will enable law enforcement to compare sets of fingerprints recovered from crime scenes and match them against a database of known and unknown fingerprints.

The system provides three times faster search capabilities to identify crime suspects when compared to the previous system, along with five times more storage capacity for storing fingerprint records.

Additionally, the new system will be able to connect with other compatible AFIS locally or abroad, with export and import capabilities.

“Through our research and development efforts, NEC continually pushes the boundaries of innovation to enhance our biometric technology to benefit our customers,” said Agnes A. Gervacio, president of NEC Philippines. “We are glad to work with the Philippine National Police to implement our “solutions for society” offerings and contribute towards law enforcement efforts in the Philippines. NEC’s vision is to contribute towards a society where safe and secure services are provided to people efficiently and equally, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the PNP in their technology advancement.”

The new AFIS is part of PNP’s Crime Laboratory Modernization Programme and will play an active role in the PNP Patrol Plan Vision of achieving a “highly capable, effective and credible police service by 2030”.

NEC outperformed its competitors in the Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE 2012 or FpVTE) conducted by the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which assessed the current capabilities of fingerprint matching algorithms.

Previously reported, NEC India partnered with Innovative Telecom & Softwares Pvt. Ltd. to provide the Surat City Police in Gujarat, India with NEC’s face recognition solution.

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