U.K. Agency Goes Live with Mobile Biometrics
Monday, February 12, 2018 | Comments

Northern England’s West Yorkshire Police went live with real-time, automated mobile biometrics technology from Motorola Solutions. Following a recent demonstration, the technology will roll out to 250 frontline police officers.

The application runs with Pronto, which delivers mobile information solutions to police forces across the United Kingdom. West Yorkshire Police is the first to implement the biometrics solution, which will allow officers to check fingerprints against national fingerprint database records in less than a minute. Handheld scanners attach to an officer’s phone, which then accesses a new Biometric Services Gateway system.

West Yorkshire Police is the fourth-largest police service in the country, serving about 2.2 million people in rural areas and large metropolitan districts such as Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Until recently, identifying or collecting data from individuals involved costly outdated devices and paper-based processes. This new system, developed in partnership between West Yorkshire Police and the U.K. Home Office, is available via the force’s existing mobile devices and allows access to the live database from the field to get results in real time.

This creates a seamless workflow by removing the need to travel between the field and office or station to process information. As officers are able to obtain the right information about suspects quickly, accuracy is also greatly improved.

“Almost instantly after deployment we found how valuable rapid biometric identification can be,” said Ian Williams, chief inspector, digital policing lead for West Yorkshire Police. “We have already been able to identify a seriously injured individual, enabling medical staff to quickly offer accurate treatment and contact the family. In another case, we’ve identified a disqualified driver, summonsed him to court and seized his vehicle on the scene — all without the need to travel to the station and practically disable an armed response vehicle for hours.”

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