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Alabama Grips Crime With NEC Palm and Fingerprint Identification System.

Huntsville Police Department Becomes Second NEC AFIS Implementation in State With Automated Connectivity to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of IT, network and telephony solutions, today announced the City of Huntsville, Alabama Police Department selected its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) with palm print matching to dramatically enhance its ability to quickly and reliably identify crime-scene prints and match them to city and state databases.

"Beyond the obvious benefits of solving crimes and keeping impeccable records, the Huntsville Police Department will see tremendous cost savings associated with automated services like fingerprint and palm print record loading, accurate database builds, record forwarding and database searching, said Barry Fisher, vice president, Identification Solutions Division of NEC Corporation of America. "In addition, the Intuitive Graphical User Interface reduces the time required for training, and allows the user to quickly take advantage of all the features of the automated system."

The Huntsville Police Department joins the Mobile (AL) Police Department as the second Full Use Access Agencies (FUAA) AFIS in the State of Alabama with automated connectivity to the NEC AFIS located at the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) in Montgomery. The NEC AFIS installed at Huntsville Police Department is capable of automated input and search/match functions for both fingerprints and palm prints.

"The installation of NEC AFIS will enhance the way crime is fought and solved in Huntsville and the surrounding areas of Alabama," said Chief Rex Reynolds, Huntsville Police Department. "NEC exceeded our expectations with the resources, network and latent search capability that could automatically connect our system to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation AFIS."

The City of Huntsville Police Department NEC AFIS is pre-loaded with electronically-converted fingerprint images from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) system, allowing the police department to immediately search known Huntsville records, and expand the search to the statewide database in the absence of matches at a local level. The system at ABI then automatically forwards Huntsville Police Department searches to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). ABI and the FBI then both send notification back to the Huntsville Police Department with an identification or non-identification response. This "quick start" functionality offered by the pre-loaded fingerprint images is enhanced by the system's ease of use, accuracy, and straightforward entry process. Additional functionality includes Livescan, Latent Print Enhancement sub-system, and interface to Criminal History System.

About NEC Corporation of America

NEC Corporation of America is a leading technology provider of IT, network and visual display solutions. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is the North America subsidiary of NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPNY). NEC Corporation of America delivers technology and professional services ranging from server and storage solutions, digital presentation and visual display systems to biometric identification, IP voice and data solutions, optical network and microwave radio communications. NEC Corporation of America serves carrier, SMB and large enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries. For more information, please visit

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Date:Oct 18, 2006
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