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Integrated Biometrics donates Kojak scanners to assist earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico


Fingerprint scanners from Integrated Biometrics are being used by the Una Torre de Ayuda (A Tower of Help) project in Mexico to accelerate efforts for recovery from a series of devastating earthquakes that struck the country in 2017.

Una Torre de Ayuda was established to provide assistance following natural disasters. Based on the lessons learned from previous earthquakes, it recognized a need for mobile identity management to facilitate emergency food, medical and shelter assistance delivery in the absence of available paper records, which in some cases did not exist in the first place, according to the announcement. The Mexico City-based organization reached out to Integrated Biometrics to provide fingerprint scanners capable of operating in harsh environmental conditions, and the company agreed to donate Kojak 10-finger units suitable for use in direct sunlight and a wide temperature range.

“We are very grateful that Integrated Biometrics understood the importance of our need and had the technology to help us assist victims in rebuilding their lives,” said Luis Vidales, Chief Executive Officer of T.C. Vilsa and founder of Una Torre de Ayuda. “Even better, they donated their Kojak fingerprint scanners so that we can use more of our limited funds to help people in need rather than purchase hardware.”

Individuals and families in the affected areas are enrolled for essential services delivery with Kojak scanners and advanced identity management software, without relying on developed infrastructure. Aid workers will use the system to verify identities and prevent fraud for as long as assistance is needed, Integrated Biometrics says.

“We are proud to help organizations such as Una Torre de Ayuda,” added Stephen Thies, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Biometrics. “Identity is so much more than just law enforcement or border control. It also provides a foundation that betters peoples’ lives. We’re glad our scanners can help make a difference in Mexico, both now and in the future.”

DataWorks Plus recently developed the Evolution all-in-one mobile verification device for law enforcement with Integrated Biometrics’ Columbo fingerprint sensors.

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