INTERPOL Acquires Powerful Biometric Platform

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In the same way that criminals use ever more innovative and sophisticated ways to avoid detection, law enforcement must also benefit from the latest advances in technology, especially in biometric security.

The INTERPOL’s new identification system will provide enhanced capabilities such as higher matching accuracy and more user-friendly interfaces. The INTERPOL is an international organization with 194 member states, that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. 

Designed and scaled so that police officers in member states can carry out an unlimited number of searches and analysis at will, MBIS solution by IDEMIA will allow up to one million forensic analysis searches per day. This includes fingerprints, palm prints and faces, making it the top performing automated biometric identification system on the market.

MBIS provides investigators with a biometric search engine that is designed for power and speed, and is backed by a comprehensive range of tools for editing, selection and image enhancement. Front-end workstations manage fingerprint, palm and facial images, and display powerful verification and comparison tools, while backend platforms provide processing and archive storage.

The fingerprint and facial recognition system can provide instant potential identification of suspects in criminal cases, and covers both police investigations and border control needs.

These capabilities pave the way for introducing the application of biometrics to other sectors. In addition to police investigations, INTERPOL plans to enable its members to query their database from border control stations.

The collaboration between INTERPOL and IDEMIA began in 2000 when the company delivered the first Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS was designed to make cooperation easier between police forces from INTERPOL’s member states, by giving them access to a shared fingerprint database of suspects in criminal cases, as reported by