Yesterday, Credence ID and partner Fulcrum Biometrics announced two new deployments of their joint Android-based biometric solution. The projects, in Mexico and Guatemala, will see the deployment of mobile biometric equipment and software for the management of jail and prison populations.
Mobile biometric solutions are particularly appropriate for jail and prison deployments as the facilities are traditionally difficult to wire networks through. The solutions being deployed in this scenario feature on-board matching capabilities, so the environment doesn’t hinder the inmate management.
“Fulcrum Biometrics is a highly experienced biometrics company and we are delighted that they selected our platform for these two important public safety projects,” says Bruce Hanson, president and CEO of Credence ID. “We designed and developed our products from the bottom up for easy Android application development, to be mobile and extremely cost-effective. Fulcrum and others clearly understand the versatility of the Credence ID platform and how the world is moving towards mobile biometric ID.”
At the heart of the Guatemalan deployment is Credence ID’s Trident multi-biometric device. True to its name, the Trident includes fingerprint, iris and face recognition. The Policia Nacional Civil de Guatemala will be using Trident devices for prisoner enrollment in the national prison system. The solution, available though Fulcrum, allows the national police force to enroll and identify individuals anywhere that it might be necessary.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, the two companies announced purchase orders for a prison managements system. This roll call project leverages an Android application written by Fulcrum Biometrics and supports a larger server=based prison management system. Credence ID’s Trident and Credence One devices are also supported in this system.
“Fulcrum is finding great receptivity to Credence ID’s Android-based devices throughout Central and South America for use in various civil and public safety applications,” says Ken Nosker, president and CEO of Fulcrum Biometrics. “By combining Credence ID hardware and Neurotechnology’s MegaMatcher development tools for Android, we are finally able to rapidly develop and deliver mobile biometric solutions into a market that demands low cost, multi-modal equipment that is as easy to use as today’s ‘smart’ Android devices.”
This summer, news of biometric solutions being deployed to keep better track of inmates has been reported on multiple times by our sister site FindBiometrics. In June, a new patent was filed by Telmate that describes a technology using biometric authentication to better keep track of the locations of the incarcerated, while earlier that month LG Technologies was acquired by Securus, bolstering the latter’s portfolio of corrections facility technologies with continuous voice biometrics to be used on a prison or jail’s phone lines. The technology can identify the caller and recipient, flagging unauthorized communications.