Sagem Morpho Delivers First Rapid Remote Fingerprint ID System
in U.S. to Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement
With less than 15 seconds total access time, new Rapid ID system believed to offer
nation’s fastest remote statewide access to criminal records
TACOMA, Wa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2008-- Sagem Morpho, a leading developer of
biometric solutions, today announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is
the first public safety organization in the United States to deploy a statewide fingerprint
identification system dedicated to remote rapid identification.
The Sagem Morpho Rapid ID system enables Florida public safety officers in the field or other
remote locations to positively identify sex offenders, probationers, and individuals with Florida
criminal records in less than 15 seconds.
Sagem Morpho, which develops highly accurate Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems
(AFIS) for public safety agencies worldwide, leveraged its high-speed biometric coding and
matching technology, commercial off-the-shelf servers and non-proprietary, standards-based
software to create the stand-alone Rapid ID system for FDLE. Originally mandated by Florida’s
Jessica Lunsford Act, the FDLE Rapid ID was launched in October 2006 and is part of Florida’s
Integrated Criminal History System, also know as FALCON. FALCON involves the integration
and enhancement of Florida’s Computerized Criminal History and Automated Fingerprint
“The Rapid ID system has already proven to be of significant value to our partner criminal justice
agencies,” said Penny Kincannon, FDLE CIO. “We plan to expand this technology statewide to
other venues such as patrol vehicles for roadside stops, jails for inmate entry and release, and
courtrooms to confirm if DNA already exists on file for a convicted felon.”
FDLE believes the system could be called upon to support queries from as many as 15,000 edge
devices statewide by late 2008. Rapid ID is in place in all of the state’s sheriffs’ offices and
probation offices and is currently being piloted by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Pinellas
“Rapid ID is ground-breaking biometric technology,” said Bernard Gautier, Sagem Morpho
President and CEO. “Rapid ID differs from AFIS because Rapid ID requires no manual interaction
during the fingerprint matching process.”
In a typical Rapid ID application, a police officer on the street or a parole officer in a field office
uses a small portable device called an edge biometric scanner to obtain digital fingerprint images
from an individual. The edge unit transmits the digital print images either wirelessly or via a
closed network to the Rapid ID system in Tallahassee for matching against the approximately 4-
million-record FDLE fingerprint database.
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If a database match is made with the individual’s prints, Rapid ID uses an identification number to
extract that person’s criminal records from the Florida Criminal Information Center. This “rap
sheet” information is packaged into an abbreviated format and returned to a screen on the edge
device where it can be viewed and read by the public safety official.
The on-screen information provided to public safety officers allows them to instantly identify the
offender in question, and ascertain whether that person is a sex offender or if there is an
outstanding arrest warrant, so the officer can take appropriate action. If no match is made, the
Rapid ID system purges the prints, and they are not retained in a database.
About Sagem Morpho, Inc. (www.morpho.com)
Applying experience in biometric identification solutions used in 60 countries worldwide, Sagem
Morpho delivers these solutions to North American markets, including the U.S. federal
government, homeland security, and law enforcement agencies, as well as to consumer and
commercial sectors. A trailblazer in the design and development of large fingerprint identification
systems, Sagem Morpho offers multi-biometric platforms consisting of fingerprint, palmprint, and
facial and iris recognition products and services. As a subsidiary of Sagem Sécurité of the
SAFRAN Group, Sagem Morpho based in Tacoma, Washington, is part of a global organization
with 60,000 employees, including 7,000 in North America.
About the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (www.fdle.state.fl.us)
Headquartered in Tallahassee, the FDLE promotes public safety and strengthens domestic
security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies
to prevent, investigate and solve crimes while protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors. FDLE
employs 2000 people at their headquarters, seven regional operations centers, 15 field offices
and seven crime laboratories.
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