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Issue No. 391 May 2015

New LiveScan trial begins

Wellington custody supervisor Sergeant Andy Guy experiences the new photo capability.

This month sees an exciting new technology trialled in Wellington Central, with the first of a new wave of LiveScan biometric kiosks installed.

LiveScan is an extension of Police’s AFIS technology which enables the electronic capture of prisoners’ finger and palm prints directly into the Police AFIS System database.

Project lead Eugene Wall says the current LiveScan system - available at 38 locations nationwide – is ageing and is increasingly in need of support.

“We’ve identified that a replacement solution is needed that will also take advantage of advances in biometrics beyond the collection of finger and palm prints.

“The new functionality will be able to capture fingerprints and palm prints, prisoner photos, and later scars, marks and tattoos at 1000ppi capture resolution.”

Fingerprint Officer Gilane Khalil and Fingerprint Unit O/C Eugene Wall talk Andy Guy through the process.
Photos: Stephen Matthews, Ten One

Motorised height adjustment and a touch screen will further enhance the user experience.

Eugene says there are excellent benefits for frontline staff, as they will save time with both improved functionality and rationalisation of the photography process.

This will include not having to complete a photo board and not having to download and send prisoner photos as a separate task. Capture and forwarding of photos and fingerprints will be automated.

While district staff should be only slightly impacted by the upgrade, comprehensive training will be packaged with the new kiosks as they are rolled out to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and staff are proficient with the new technology.

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