Justice and Law Enforcement Biometrics

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Biometrics technology authenticates an individual’s identity automatically, and has several useful applications within Justice and Law Enforcement. Biometric technology has the ability to recognize fingerprint, iris, voice, facial recognition, hand, palm or skin.  Biometric authentication is greatly superior to card, token or password systems which can be stolen or counterfeited.

In the field of Justice and Law Enforcement applications include Prison administration and bookings, crime scene identification and national identity programs.  Biometric technology can also function as access control.  Biometric technology is especially useful as its hardware is often configurable with existing databases and infrastructure.

Biometric technology is used in Justice and Law Enforcement because of the enormous capabilities of its automated (as opposed to manual) software.  Sensitive information can be identified using regional or national databases and compared with multiple other platforms for superior authentication.

Law Enforcement Biometrics

Advanced fingerprinting technology is the largest market of Biometrics within Justice and Law Enforcement. Law enforcement agencies globally are rapidly expanding to utilize digital fingerprinting systems over traditional ink on paper methods, to save time and cut costs.  The booking process can be shortened by hours per arrest, as digital prints can be checked and cross-referenced with multiple databases in a matter of hours, instead of months.

The most common process used in biometric fingerprinting is Automatic Fingerprint Identification, which matches a fingerprint taken with a print from a database.  The second most common process is Automatic Fingerprint Verification, which reads features of the fingerprint and matches it to the most similar print.

Biometrics technology is also applicable in analyzing crime scenes, through fingerprint capture technology.  This technology can capture, with a reasonable degree of accuracy prints and compare them against databases for identification.

Portable biometric identity management technology is an immerging application within Justice and Law Enforcement. Portable technology provides fingerprint readers, drivers licence and mug shot verifications, which can be done roadside.

Facial recognition technology uses facial features to compile profiles of individuals and compare them against existing databases.  Mug shot recognition technology, which matches an individual’s face to the mug shot database, is extremely useful.  This technology can be used remotely, and can even provide a virtual ‘line up’ application if witness authentication is needed.

Speech recognition solutions are common in Justice and Law Enforcement due to the advantage they provide identifying audio samples, and comparing them against known criminal profiles.  Biometric technology also provides accurate court transcription systems, facilitating the documenting of legal proceedings.

Access control using multi-modal biometric technology is now also common in courthouses, allowing easy and accurate management of personnel, lawyers, offenders and witnesses.

Biometric technology can be applied in multiple other fields of Justice and Law Enforcement, or whenever identification is needed.  Biometrics can be used to verify an individual’s identity when purchasing a weapon, referencing an identity to prevent check cashing fraud or even to capture prints at a pawn shop to track the sale of stolen goods.

Biometric technology provides transaction, data and web security when operating within databases as well as remote access to resources with mobile technology.

See the vendors below to find biometric technology used in Justice and Law Enforcement and the strategic advantages of security and reliability they present.

JUSTICE & LAW Solution Providers

Diamond Fortress Technologies is the first known company to successfully develop a mobile touchless fingerprint biometrics software solution. Our patent pending technology, ONYX, utilizes the rear-facing camera found on mobiles devices such as smart phones and tablets as the fingerprint collection sensor. ONYX eliminates the need for hardware peripherals or device form-factor redesign for scanner integration. It brings the high security and authentication of biometrics to everyone in a cost-effective and easily adoptable way.

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PRADOTEC assists police, military and security personnel in their work to enable security checking fast, efficient and easy. Employment of our products provides seamless identification and verification of worldwide identity instantly without location constraint. Security level of a nation can be highly increased as biometric information is difficult to counterfeit.   Products and Services: Justice/Law Enforcement, Mobile, Border Control/Airports, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners


secunet is one of Germany’s leading providers of superior IT security. In close dialogue with its customers – enterprises, public authorities and international organisations – secunet develops and implements high-performance products and state-of-the-art IT security solutions. Thus, secunet not only keeps IT infrastructures secure for its customers, but also achieves intelligent process optimisation and creates sustainable added value. Product & Services: Border Control/Airport, Justice/Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics, Middleware/Software

manageID powers person-centric identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) solutions worldwide. manageID Framework, a single open ecosystem, and add-on application modules are delivering significant discriminators and benefits to border management, law enforcement, military, intelligence, elections, and other customers. manageID is certified for classified networks and also operational in the cloud.

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NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control

Our customers say WCC Smart Search & Match’s flagship product ELISE offers something no other product on the market can – the ability to search through data just as the human mind would. Using such techniques as bi-directional matching, weighted criteria and gliding scales, ELISE delivers ranked, meaningful results. And even better than the human process, ELISE can return those results in under a second – no matter how big the database, or how many! Products & Services: Middleware/Software, Multimodal Biometrics, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, Justice/Law Enforcement


FaceFirst provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability is reached. FaceFirst has a completely open and scalable, system architecture. FaceFirst technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. Products and services: Facial recognition, Justice & Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics and Financial Transactional.


Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:

  • SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
  • Enrollment
  • Capture device hardware abstraction
  • Image quality assurance
  • Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
  • BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
  • URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
  • WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
  • Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
  • Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
  • INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK

Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition

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3M Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, corporations, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide. Our solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Smart Cards, Physical Access Control, Justice / Law Enforcement, Time and Attendance, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics.


At AGNITIO we are committed and passionate to working closely with our partners and customers worldwide to help them protect citizens in the fight against identity fraud, terrorism and criminal activity. We aim at providing the most unique and advanced voice biometrics technology that allows identification, surveillance and precise ID verification using the voice. Products & services: Voice / Speech Recognition, Justice / Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics


Green Bit designs, produces and sales biometric products, based on fingerprint acquisition and recognition. Due to his advanced competences, it can be considered an industry leader in the fields of product innovation, performance and reliability. With the advantages deriving from his unique image processing technologies and the use of smaller and lighter optical-mechanics modules, it is offering a complete line of products and solutions for Government, Police Forces, Institutions, Commercial and International organizations. Products and services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.


Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.


MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit www.morphotrak.com.   Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition. 


Smart Sensors continues to innovate in technology for iris biometrics feature extraction, key creation and matching. We work closely with our customers to build iris recognition engines, both through collaborative development and by supplying development tools for various product, camera and processor platforms. Let us help you realise the benefits of highly competitive solutions.  Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Mobile Biometrics


Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.smartmatic.com Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other


Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit www.supremainc.com. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics


Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.

Other Vendors

  • AFIS and Biometrics Consulting Inc.
  • Kairos
  • CardLogix
  • IDair
  • Rayabin Co.
  • AFIX Technologies,Inc
  • Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc.
  • Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc.
  • Allevate Limited
  • Biometric Solutions Inc.
  • Chengdu Finchos Electronics Co.,Ltd
  • Communication Intelligence Corporation
  • C-True Face Recognition
  • Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA)
  • EBR Poland Services – Embedded Biometric Research
  • Ganetec Global Solutions
  • Herta Security
  • iCognize GmbH
  • iD1
  • Integrated Biometrics
  • Merkatum
  • Neokoros Brasil Ltda
  • Neurotechnology
  • Nitgen
  • Ritech International Ltd
  • S.I.C. Biometrics Inc.
  • Secunet
  • SecurLinx
  • Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd.
  • Speech Tech
  • Techno Brain
  • Tensor PLC
  • Triad Biometrics
  • Vitim