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AMBIS biometric identification ready for deployment in India in 2020

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AMBIS biometric identification ready for deployment in India in 2020

AMBIS (Automated Multi-Modal Biometric Identification System) is now ready for full deployment across Maharashtra, India in 2020, following a series of initial test pilots run with law enforcement divisions, reports Times of India.

The system was designed in France based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and process guidelines and has a multifold backup system to prevent data loss.

Equipped with advanced facial recognition, AMBIS analyzes crime scene biometric evidence, and, in a matter of seconds, it scans and identifies latent fingerprints from fingerprints in the police database.

Each police station will be equipped with a scanner connected to the main server at state police headquarters. To identify suspects, the system also performs retina, palm and bare sole scans with 100 percent accuracy, according to project details. Patrolling teams will be equipped with a portable live scanner to collect biometric data from crime scenes.

It connects to CCTV cameras in crowded public areas such as railway stations, airports, traffic signals, markets and bus stands, and operates similarly to identification systems used in Europe and by Interpol.

“Ours is the most advanced AMBIS in the world, which has a very refined ability to scan chance print and deliver results within seconds,” said Inspector General Brijesh Singh.

Senior police officers trust it to speed up crime investigations as fingerprint experts will no longer have to manually cross match samples with some seven hundred thousand fingerprint records in the state database. Some 2,500 police personnel have already finalized training.

“Any 10-minute-long footage of a person is enough for us to identify him or her from the CCTV footages with the help of the face recognition technology and send an alert,” an office said after completing the training module.

Unmatched biometric data is shared with other local and foreign agencies including the National Crime Records Bureau and Interpol.

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