Compact wireless face recognition

Sagem Morpho Inc. introduced its new Morpho RapID 1100 handheld biometric device this week at the 2008 International Association for Identification conference held in Louisville.

The handheld device incorporates a digital camera, a 3.7-inch screen, a keyboard, a fingerprint scanner and wireless communications. 'This smaller, lighter unit is fully functional as a stand-alone device holding its own watch list, without being physically connected to any other terminal or computer,' said Bernard Gautier, president and CEO of Sagem Morpho.

The Morpho RapID 1100 is built on the Psion Teklogix iKon, a new rugged handheld personal digital assistant highly resistant to dust and rain. Wireless communication options include Wi-Fi, cellular and BlueTooth with GPS localization for rapid data transfer from any location. A 500-ppi forensic-quality ruggedized scanner captures digital images of a suspect's fingerprints. Using Sagem Morpho Automated Biometric Identification System technology, prints are compared against an onboard watch list of up to 180,000 records, or transmitted wirelessly for automated identification against a centralized database. Mug shots can also be captured with the integrated 2-megapixel camera for facial recognition.

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