Biometric app proposed for Chilean inmates on home release, monitoring deployed to Australia prison

Biometric app proposed for Chilean inmates on home release, monitoring deployed to Australia prison

An app leveraging face and voice biometrics and geolocation is being proposed by Chilean technology company GeoVictoria to enable Columbia to monitor inmates released to their homes to serve sentences with reduced risk of COVID-19 infection.

The app can be operated on a mobile phone, but processes can also be completed over a landline telephone, Infobae reports. Biometric and location data is matched in the cloud to verify the compliance of prisoners on home-release.

GeoVictoria operates in more than 20 countries, and is already providing the app to the Chilean Gendarmerie, which operates the country’s prisons. Nearly 2,000 prisoners have been released in Chile.

The company’s CEO says the app costs roughly $3 per person per month, compared to $120 each month for each prisoner for electronic bracelets or anklets.

The Endeavour Organization selected GeoVictoria as one of the 40 top high-impact ventures in the world for 2019, according to the report.

Biometrics for monitoring inside Australia’s newest jail

A huge new prison with 1,650 security cameras, roughly one per prisoner, and biometric monitoring of inmates is set to begin taking inmates in July, the ABC reports.

The Clarence Correctional Centre in New South Wales will be the country’s largest, and is anticipating accepting up to 90 new prisoners a week, as it builds towards a capacity of 1,700 inmates.

The prison is expected to be completed on time and on budget, according to the report, and provide more support to prisoners, in the hopes of reducing recidivism rates.

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