Indian police deploy portable fingerprint scanners and app to identify suspects

Police in Karnataka, India, have deployed portable scanners and a new application linked to the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to check criminal records of suspected individuals on the move via fingerprint biometrics.

The news has already been reported Indian Expresswhich said portable fingerprint scanners have access to a database of more than 200,000 fingerprints of criminals involved in property crime in the region.

The move is part of a project called Mobile Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks (M-CCTNS), which has reportedly seen the deployment of nearly 2,500 new biometric devices at police stations across the state.

Each scanner costs INR 2,500 (about $31), with four or five machines available to police stations with a large number of cases and two each to other smaller stations.

The manufacturer of the biometric scanning devices was not disclosed in the report. Video from ETV Spices From a similar system used in Bengaluru it appears to show scanners with light emission sensor technology, meaning from Integrated Biometrics.

It was initially deployed to identify thieves based on fingerprints collected by police forces from Crime sceneAFIS is now being used by police officers who are on patrol to identify people found to be moving suspiciously.

According to The Indian Express, biometrics have scanned 93,645 fingerprints over the past year and a half and found 3,294 matches with criminal records.

Finger Biometrics System Software – Mobile App – Created by Capulus Technologiesa technical partner involved in the M-CCTNS project.

Karnataka Police Launches M-CCTNS App

The company recently published a file Case Study About the M-CCTNS application, highlighting its features and role within the project.

According to Capulus Technologies writing, the implementation of M-CCTNS is modular. It provides police officers with real-time access to personal files and criminal history along with crime mapping and analysis capabilities.

Furthermore, the app offers a feature to help officers coordinate arrests across jurisdictions, conduct vehicle crime searches, and access Unnatural Death Record and Missing Person Record (UDR) information.

As mentioned above, the M-CCTNS app is also an analogue of portable biometric scanning devices. The software connects to external mobile fingerprint scanners connected to the mobile phone and provides an interface for scanning individual fingerprints.

The application then connects the captured fingerprint to a central biometric gateway through APIs and sends it to AFIS, which identifies the fingerprint in the database and gets the result.

Assume that M-CCTNS has found a positive identifier. In this case, the fingerprint results are correlated with the demographic details of the criminal in the person’s unit of interest, and a relevant criminal profile is displayed on the officer’s phone.

Three other states are reported to be in the advanced stages of M-CCTNS deployment.

India’s new law sets standards for biometric equipment

The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act 2022 It came into force in India in Augustto officially replace the Prisoner Identification Act of 1920.

Initially passed in April 2022, the legislation enables police to collect biometric data, but more broadly, it also makes it mandatory for the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to develop a standard operating procedure to identify the equipment and devices needed to collect biometric data.

This will include the digital and physical form in which the measurements will be taken, according to a recent analysis by economic times.

In addition, the new law requires the NCRB to list the ways data is handled and stored in states and union territories (UTs) across India.

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