Wake County Selects Biometrics System

Technology verifies inmate and visitor identities at North Carolina county detention center.

by / June 14, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Wake County Sheriff's Office implemented M2SYS Technology's e-Vigilance biometrics. The technology will be utilized by the Sheriff's Office at both their annex and main detention center in Raleigh, N.C.

The detention center version of e-Vigilance provides a method to identify inmates and visitors at various high-security checkpoints. During the initial enrollment process for new entries, booking officers enter simple profile information, add digital photographs, and capture two electronic fingerprint images from each individual. The software then extracts the unique minutiae data from each print and stores all the information in a central intelligence repository (CIR). Identity checks can then be performed on any person who has been enrolled in the system.

Using a compact fingerprint sensor, officers can capture an individual's single fingerprint from any workstation running the desktop application. e-Vigilance then conducts a one-to-many comparison search of the fingerprint against those stored in the CIR. Within seconds, the system displays the profile information of the matching individual or indicates that no match has been found. Officers are also immediately alerted of critical information pertaining to the individual, such as potential inmate threats or visitors with outstanding warrants.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office employs 480 personnel working in five divisions including Patrol, Investigative, Judicial Services, Detention and Administrative. The detention division operates three separate detention facilities, which safely and securely house all persons committed to custody from anywhere in Wake County. The Wake County Sheriff's Office, including the main Wake County Detention Center, is located in the Wake County Public Safety Center in downtown Raleigh.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor
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