SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 5 -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced the installation of its Printrak Biometric Identification Solution (BIS) for the police forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with funding from the European Commission. As a result, the Motorola solution will provide citizens there with vastly improved protection and an identity solution that will enhance crime solving efforts in the region.
Motorola is a leading provider of Mission Critical communication solutions, including civil biometrics solutions and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) designed to help public safety agencies like these in Bosnia and Herzegovina track and accurately identify individuals. Motorola is one of the world's leading biometric companies, with solutions in more than 37 countries.
The CARDS program of the European Union funded the system procurement on behalf of the police forces. Motorola worked with Zira Ltd, a local system integrator, to install the system and provide comprehensive training on its use. Additionally, the European Commission has also initiated the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and drafted instructions which define the procedures for the use of the system according to the law. Today the system has been accepted by both the European Commission representative and the Bosnian government and as such is now turned over to the Bosnians.
The Motorola Printrak BIS is designed to increase the volume, efficiency and effectiveness of crime detection for the police forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina through:
-- The creation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) unified collections of latent mark and print sets.
-- The inclusion of a better method for providing the National AFIS/Automated Palmprint Identification System (APIS) capability to the District of Brcko.
-- Enhanced accuracy, throughput and efficiency over existing BiH manual systems.
-- Development of a strategic platform allowing interoperability with other criminal biometrics systems.
-- Provision of redundant data centers in separate locations, providing increased system availability.
The system will support crime scene (latent mark) searches, as well as record (print set) searches. The fingerprints of an individual shall be uniquely linked to their criminal record to ensure that criminal records are associated with the correct individual. The Motorola Printrak BIS will incorporate two redundant data centers, one in Sarajevo and one in Banja Luka. There are 24 remote MultiPrint Stations connected to the central sites. The system has interfaces to Interpol, CIPS (local civil data base) and the local Criminal History System. The population of Bosnia and Herzegovina is 4.8M.
"Motorola is pleased that the European Commission has chosen to provide the police forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina with comprehensive crime-solving capabilities from Motorola," said Darrin J. Reilly, general manager of Motorola's Biometrics Unit. "Not only does this system interface to European and local systems, but it also provides the police forces with a Motorola redundant storage solution, ensuring continued operation of the system even if a problem occurs at one of the data centers."
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