iPhone Helping FBI and Local Police Solve Crime

News | Tuesday December 6 2011 9:41 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , ,

Apple ‘s won a special place in the hearts and pockets of our nation’s crime fighters. The
will be used in conjunction with a few different devices to speed up fingerprinting, identify possible terrorist suspects, and more.
reports that the use of iPhones in law enforcement saves time and money in a way that just wasn’t possible previously, and provides always-accessible features out in the field. The key ingredient in this crime-fighting mix: fingerprint scanners.
Normally when police find a suspect that needs fingerprinting, they have to take them down to the station for processing. Mobile fingerprinting units exist, but they’re expensive. Shopping for the right one also takes time. And, if the department is still using ink, well, let’s just say it can take many tries sometimes. And that’s where Fulcrum Technologies comes in.
Fulcrum Technologies is one of several companies that have been developing biometric add-ons for situations like these. Meet the mobileOne:
, devices many officers already have. Officers can then take high-quality fingerprints that pass the FBI’s strict standards, and can even start checking databases – like RISC – via a WiFi or cellular connection. The screen can also be used to identify suspected terrorists.
The mobileOne is about $600 per unit, which is actually cheaper than another device, the MORIS. Developed by BI2 Technologies, the Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System offers facial recognition ability and iris scanning. Officers can take a photo of a suspect, which is then scanned for over 130 different facial landmarks and over 200 features of the iris. Notably, this includes a big metric: the distance between the eye and the nose. These metrics are then compared to various national databases online. The whole process can cut delay by a factor of 10.
The hold-up is in garnering approval in state IT departments. Ken Nosker, president of Fulcrum Technologies, has stated that there are “pretty significant” steps required in getting this approval. The FBI will be testing out the mobileOne next year, and if approved, the device can make its way in the hands of officers all over the country. The MORIS, on the other hand, is already in use by Florida’s Pinellas County, where it was used in catching over 700 people, and in Brockton, Mass., where the device is used to quickly identify suspects with their prior records.
The other important point is that law enforcement is looking only at Apple products, and not Android. Cult of Mac explains:
For biometrics — which can include fingerprints, facial analysis – even voiceprints — “Apple provides the most stable platform, bar none,” Nosker said. He dismissed the vast array of Android handsets, complaining that 30 or 40 Android smartphones had 30 or 40 different ways to interface with his fingerprint device. In other words, Google’s OS can forget about being deputized, and Android will never be a RoboCop.
Apple ‘s definitely got an important exclusivity here, thanks to the iPhone and the various companies who have been working to take biometric technology to the next level.

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