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Iris ID provides biometric authentication for LA County Sheriff to optimize prison process

Iris ID provides biometric authentication for LA County Sheriff to optimize prison process

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will roll out Iris ID’s biometric recognition technology to implement iris-based authentication during the prisoner release process, the company announced.

Iris ID’s OU7S-AK camera module will be integrated with 163 Livescan stations in 114 law enforcement locations in LA county. As a result, the department will save costs and ensure the process is fast and accurate by no longer relying on fingerprints and photos when enrolling and identifying prisoners.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is part of the Los Angeles County Regional Identification System (LACRIS) which includes 64 law enforcement agencies.

“The Iris ID system will allow for a more accurate release of individuals as a person’s iris is much less susceptible to damage than their fingerprints,” said Tim Meyerhoff, director, Iris ID, in a prepared statement. “With more than 300,000 bookings annually, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is always interested in eliminating the improper release of any individual.”

According to Meyerhoff, the contactless iris-based technology was funded through an FBI pilot project started in 2015.

The partnership with Iris ID is part of a contract monitored by DataWorks Plus, which will provide central servers, software support and implementation and support services. Payment will be supported with funds from the state Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Roll-out will start after July 1, under the new fiscal year, and should take about six months, according to the announcement.

DataWorks has a contract with Detroit Police to provide it with biometric facial recognition, yet a contract extension triggered protests and delays.

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