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New fingerprint scanners can identify people in seconds
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 02, 2013 | 1436 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fingerprints from the index and middle fingers are all it takes to identify a suspect or even an unconscious person with the new mobile device.
Fingerprints from the index and middle fingers are all it takes to identify a suspect or even an unconscious person with the new mobile device.
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Mobile fingerprint identification equipment on the scale of that seen on the television drama NCIS can now be seen in Jones County, and deputies are finding it very useful.

Jones County Sheriff’s Department Chief Barbara Burnette said the RAPID-ID mobile fingerprint scanners were purchased in March and need only the prints from two fingers to identify an individual.

The caveat to that of course is the person to be identified must already be in the National Criminal Information Center database.

Burnette said the scanner works on a wireless network and has good coverage all over the county. She said the scanner could help identify an unconscious person or anyone without identification.

“We can tell who they are if they have ever been in the system,” the chief said.

Once the fingerprints are captured by the device, identification takes place in a matter of a few seconds. If a match is found, the display not only shows the name and pertinent information about the individual but also a picture.

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