Innovatrics is helping Guinea’s national police force carry out its digital transformation. To that end, Innovatrics has supplied the country’s police with an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) to speed up fingerprint capture and identification.
The new Innovatrics ABIS will replace a legacy identification system that relied on manual fingerprint comparison. Under that system, fingerprint matches could only be performed in the capital city of Conakry, where members of a trained task force would personally analyze and catalog fingerprints for the entire country. Matching a print in that environment could take hours, and limited the pool of officers who were available to do the job.
The Innovatrics ABIS, on the other hand, can be used by virtually any member of the force in any police station in Guinea, and can generate a match in a matter of seconds. Fingerprints are now stored in a central database, and any new prints are automatically run through that database to search for potential matches that could resolve outstanding cases. Officers can also annotate prints and look at partial prints and potential matches side-by-side.
New prints are captured and registered with dedicated fingerprint scanners. Innovatrics has already outfitted Guinea’s police with fingerprint and palm print recognition capabilities in the first phase of the deployment, and provided the force with technology to help them digitize their paper files. In the second phase, Innovatrics will supplement that with facial recognition technology, and deliver a remote system that allows the police to access the central identification database while they are in the field.
“This system allows us to make police work extremely more efficient,” said National Police General Director Abdoul Malick Kone. “The accuracy of biometrics allows us to prevent judicial errors and will greatly help us in administering justice.”
Innovatrics will be training officers to teach them how to use the ABIS system, after having previously provided Guinea’s Electoral Commission with biometric voter registration tech to facilitate fair elections. In September, the company released a new ABIS enrollment app that enables biometric capture on Windows and Android devices.
February 1, 2022 – by Eric Weiss