Applied World Solutions is offering a new product that could help law enforcement officers with their fingerprint scanning activities. It’s called Minutia Advancement Paste, or MAP, and AWS says it can substantially enhance the quality of fingerprints.
It does that by swelling the ridges of a given fingerprint, making them more defined; and by moistening dry skin, it can help to ensure that those parts of the finger don’t produce lighter images, as they sometimes can. The paste comprises natural oils and an antimicrobial solution, and contains no alcohol. And AWS says MAP is non-toxic, so there’s no need to wash it off.
The product was developed by Justin Turvey, whose work as a police officer prompted him to investigate how fingerprint scanning could be made more reliable. As he explains in a statement announcing the product, “The better the print, the more likely you will be to find a match” within a given biometric database, so MAP “can improves the process and create a safer community.”
With police in the US and around the world increasingly using biometric scanning technology in the field, MAP could offer some appeal to cops looking for more reliable scanning.
February 3, 2017 – by Alex Perala