The Botswana Police service has awarded the tender for the supply and deployment of automated fingerprint identification system to Sagem S├®curit├®, part of the SAFRAN Group.
The company issued a statement this week saying that it had been chosen by the Botswana Police Service (BPS), following an international call for tenders, to supply and deploy the latest version of its Metamorpho Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The system will be installed at 61 sites around the country.
“An invaluable aid in crime-fighting, the Metamorpho system not only processes fingerprints for all ten fingers but also analyzes palm prints. This state-of-the-art system features very-high-quality image capture (1000 ppi, or pixels per inch), to guarantee the reliable, accurate and secure management of the country’s criminal data,” said the press statement.
“Ten years ago, Botswana chose our AFIS for its civilian ID cards, making it a pioneer in this field,” said Sagem S├®curit├® Chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Jainsky. “Today, they have once again chosen a Sagem S├®curit├® system, reflecting their trust in our innovative technologies to continue meeting their requirements. Our latest-generation AFIS will enable the country’s Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) to increase its crime-solving rate, while resolving cases very quickly, and will, of course, help them manage resources more efficiently.”
Philippe Compagnon, head of the subsidiary Sagem S├®curit├® South Africa, added: “We offer the additional advantage of a strong local presence. We cover the entire South African Development Community (SADC) zone, now encompassing 14 countries, which means we provide the local support that is critical to maintenance and sharing of expertise.”
The press statement says the new contract from Botswana reflects Sagem S├®curit├®’s technological leadership in palm print recognition and in biometric identification systems in general. It also confirms Sagem S├®curit├®’s leadership in this region of the world, and its commitment to establishing long-term relationships in Africa.