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Kheliwe Murimu

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi

Techno Brain, a leading IT solutions firm, has launched a new facility that will record fingerprints identity, an innovation the company says is expected to help curb crime in the country.

The automatic fingerprint identification system, which the company brands as ‘SecuRegister’, is a biometric based citizen identification registration and enrolment system. The system has been rolled out at locations around Africa for identity management and access control.

Kheliwe Murimu Group Public Relations Manager for Techno Brain said the newly introduced facility will help the country in various ways, especially in fighting crime.

“As you know that no fingerprints are identical, this will make it very easy to track down and keep criminal records,” Murimu told Biztechafrica.

She said among its other benefits, the facility will increase operational efficiency of the fingerprints bureau and investigations department.

“This system will also improve coordination and information sharing among law enforcement agencies,” said Murimu.

The company issued a press statement last week, where it said the system can help the Malawi Police Service to track down suspects.

The features of the criminal tracking system, according to Techno Brain’s Nandan Gopalakrishna, will increase efficiency and speed of operation while enhancing service delivery.

Gopalakrishna says Techno Brain is pleased to be part of the process that will see the creation of a secure and safe Malawi through the provision of an effective system of fingerprint collection, identification and matching.

Murimu says that as the Malawi society becomes electronically connected to form one global community, person identification has become an integral part of the infrastructure needed for diverse business sectors like transportation, entertainment, law enforcement, security, access control, border control and government communication.

Techno Brain believes that the use of tools such as cards and passwords for identity verification no longer suffice as there is always a risk of people sharing the information with others.

“It has become necessary to have a reliable identification system that ensures security, confidentiality and integrity of the organisation’s identity,” the company says.

Techno Brain’s biometric based citizen identification registration and enrolment system is a proven platform which connects a fingerprint scanner, webcam, document scanner and signature grabber and manages multi-model biometric processes of enrolment, identification and verification, according to the company.

“It provides for the capture of individual biometric features, usually fingerprints and facial image and links them with approved document information like passport, driver’s licence etc,” the company says.

One of the facility’s basic capabilities is the ability to conduct identification searches of unknown persons within large databases of enrolled people.

The company believes the facility will be more useful because checking against the existing database ensures that a duplicate record is not being created prior to acceptance and storage of the new one.

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