Sarasota County, Florida Finding Answers with New Fingerprint System

Alexandria, Va., September 10, 2013

Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff Tom Knight has a new tool that is allowing his office to find answers to old cold crime cases. The County recently completed an upgrade of their 10-year old Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), installing the world's most up-to-date and accurate fingerprint matching technology, the Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS), from MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Morpho (Safran).

The AFIS includes tenprint, palmprint, and latent fingerprint processing, and allows searches of criminal databases at the County, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI level. The MorphoBIS system architecture allows the County to easily incorporate additional biometrics in the future such as face, tattoo, and iris as needed.

"We are very pleased with our new system. Continuing our 17-year partnership with MorphoTrak was the right decision for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office," said Captain Jeffrey Bell of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

"We are getting hits on old crime scene prints that were previously unidentified in our old system," adds Brenda Viana, AFIS Supervisor."

"Morpho has continued to invest in increasing algorithm accuracy and overall performance for our AFIS technology. This translates directly to more crimes solved, more offenders off the streets, and improved public safety for Sarasota County as well as the hundreds of customers and their constituents that we serve worldwide," says Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. "As the fingerprint provider to the FBI and the majority of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S., we are quite proud that our cutting-edge technology is helping create safer communities."

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MorphoTrak, Inc., a subsidiary of Safran USA, 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. Reporting to Morpho, the Safran's security division, MorphoTrak is part of the world's largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. With over 36 years' experience, Morpho has captured more than 3 billion fingerprints and Morpho products are used by more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries. MorphoTrak is headquartered near Washington D.C., with major corporate facilities in Anaheim, CA and Federal Way, WA. www.morphotrak.com.

Morpho, a high-technology company of Safran, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.

For more information: www.morpho.com - www.safran-group.com.
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Eve Fillon
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