Romania unveils Israeli-made biometric device

Romanian police to use Motorola-developed system for identifying criminals.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
July 30, 2007 21:38
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Romanian police will now enjoy a leg up from an Israeli-designed technology that will help them identify criminals. Last week, the Romanian minister of internal security and the Romanian police chief presided over the dedication ceremony of a new Israeli-produced biometric identification system. The system was developed by Motorola Israel and is supposed to be able to identify and break down fingerprints and palm prints. Part of the appeal of the system is its ability to quickly search and find similarities with information in existing criminal files and databases. The ADIS biometric system, which is known as the Printak Biometric Identification Solution, allows for the integration of a large variety of criminal information. Beyond print identification, it also can scan for facial identification and document and file locations, allowing police to more effectively organize existing investigative information. "This system will serve Romania's investigative staff and the general police [the IGPR] in the war against crime. We expect it also to be used by the Interior Ministry, the National Office for Refugees, the Border Police, and the National Authority for Non-Citizens," said Ron Landenberg, the manager of Motorola Israel's Communications Systems for Export division. Romania is not alone in acquiring Motorola Israel-made biometric technologies. Serbia, Cyprus and Greece have also purchased and operated similar systems. In 2006, Motorola operated a similar system within the Miami Dade Police Department, and the police there reported that they solved seven cold homicide cases using the new biometric fingerprint system, which can also accommodate partial prints. Israel and Romania have had increasingly close ties between their respective public security ministries. An agreement between the two countries to enhance cooperation in fighting crime and terrorism was signed earlier this year.

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