MorphoTrak, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), announced that the Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Laboratory has formally accepted and started operational use of the new fingerprint identification system Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS) that was awarded in a competitive procurement.
MorphoBIS, a multi-modal biometric system, provides identification of individuals with the highest possible accuracy and enhanced productivity, saving time and resources while increasing criminal identification. With MorphoBIS, high volume searches can be conducted not only for fingerprints and palmprints, but for the entire surface of the hand. MorphoBIS is the first biometric identification system to include the automated search of all the friction ridge areas of the hand, commonly known as Major Case Prints. This means that even the smallest latent print found at a crime scene, from the tip of a finger for example, can be searched effectively in the quest for criminal identification.
In addition, when the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) evaluated latent fingerprint matching technologies, the Morpho algorithms used in MorphoBIS were ranked #1 for fingerprint accuracy in image-only latent searches the most difficult automated search scenario. These searches significantly increase operational speed, and do not require pre-processing or manual intervention during the search process, ultimately allowing latent print examiners to focus on more difficult tasks and verifications.
System installation at the Crime Lab was completed in October 2014. In the time leading up to formal acceptance, the system was rigorously tested under real-world conditions.
"Our new system has already shown significant increases in productivity and crime solving, with many recent successes. This is helping Orange County stay on the leading edge of law enforcement technology in the U.S.," reports Lisa Zinn, Crime Lab Assistant Director.
"The superior matching accuracy of MorphoBIS helps technicians solve long held cold cases, and more quickly provide identifications for new ones," stated Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. "The Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab is one of the first public service organizations to benefit from this powerful new version of MorphoBIS in 2015."
MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran USA, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, civil identification, and facility/IT security. Reporting to Morpho, Safran's security division, MorphoTrak is part of the world's largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. With 40 years' experience, Morpho has captured more than 3 billion fingerprints and Morpho products are used by more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries. MorphoTrak is headquartered in Anaheim, CA with major corporate facilities near Washington D.C., and Federal Way, WA.
Morpho (morpho.com), a high-technology company of Safran (safran-group.com), is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.
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