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Danish National Police Adopt Automated Fingerprint and Palmprint System

Denmark streamlines criminal and border patrol identification processes.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The Danish National Police will utilize Motorola's Omnitrak Automated Fingerprint and Palmprint Identification Technology, which enables agencies to seamlessly store, search and match fingerprints and palmprints.

"Motorola's latest AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) technology will help us to operate more efficiently and solve more crimes in less time with its enhanced accuracy features and added palmprint capabilities," said Bent Espensen, department chief for the Danish National Police.

The system will be used for criminal fingerprint and palmprint searches as well as border control purposes. The system, valued at $2.3 million, is an upgrade to Denmark's previous Printrak/Motorola Series 7 AFIS.

Denmark's new system maintains existing interfaces with the AFIS systems in Norway and Sweden allowing them to share valuable information. With a population of 5.3 million, Denmark is considered one of the most densely populated nations in Northern Europe with 1.7 million residing in the Copenhagen metropolitan area.

The nationwide system, which will provide tenprint, palmprint and latent entry, matching and review, will include one central site in Copenhagen as well as six remote sites. Installation and acceptance of the system is expected later this year.
Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.
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