Nottingham Police First to Use New United Kingdom National Fingerprint Identification System.
Designed and installed by TRW Inc. (NYSE:TRW) under contract to the United Kingdom's Police Information Technology Organization, this unique information technology system will eventually link all 43 police forces in England and Wales to a database of up to 6 million 10-print sets and 2 million latent crime scene prints.
NAFIS, the world's first system to integrate automated fingerprint technology and criminal justice records at a national level, is scheduled to be operational with all forces by the year 2001. Nottinghamshire Police is the first of nine forces to pilot the system.
The other forces include the Metropolitan Police, City of London, Sussex, Hertfordshire, South Yorkshire, Avon & Somerset, South Wales, and Staffordshire. All the pilot forces will be online within the next several months. In the near future, the capability to capture fingerprints electronically will be available from NAFIS.
Operators will be able to scan 10-print sets and crime scene latent prints into the system, which will then search the national database and produce a list of possible matches -- giving the police forces of England and Wales a powerful crime-fighting tool for the 21st century.
"We believe NAFIS is the most advanced system of its kind to become operational," said Grady Wright, vice president and deputy general manager, TRW Systems & Information Technology Group, Public Sector. "It will improve productivity and provide a powerful integrated set of tools for solving crime."
TRW's approach uses a modular, scaleable solution of commercial off-the-shelf products, delivering a system with the flexibility to support future growth and technology insertion. This will ensure that the needs of the police forces will be met well into the 21st century.
TRW provides advanced technology products and services for the automotive, space and defense, and information technology markets worldwide. The company's sales in 1997 were approximately $12 billion (including the recent BDM acquisition). The company's news releases are available through TRW's corporate Web site (http://www.trw.com/).
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