Indian state digitises fingerprint system
08 August 2018 15:04 GMT

Odisha Police are shifting from manual collection and processing of fingerprints to digital.

The 1.7 million fingerprints police have collected over several years are being digitised and are being put into the Automatic Finger Identification System (AFIS).

The State Police plans to connect the AFIS to the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS), run by the National Crime Records Bureau for faster analysis of data.

According to Director General of Police Dr RP Sharma, the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) has already procured and supplied digital fingerprint scanners to 50 police stations. Another 100 such systems will be procured this financial year.

“We target to cover all the 600-odd police stations in a couple of years but in a phase-wise manner looking at financial implications. This will make identification of criminals easier because all the data are being fed to a central server,” Dr Sharma told New Indian Express.

Once the digital scanners and web-cams are made operational, the biometrics would be collected and fed into the servers. Apart from finger prints, the webcams will capture two side and a front profile of the person. This would also be stored on the central database.

He said next phase would be to create search options for the police officers on the go so that matching the fingerprints on the database is done swiftly. This, however, would require switching to an internet environment from the current system of intranet under the CCTNS.