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NCJ Number: 118559 Find in a Library
Title: Mounties Make a Quick Search
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:50-53
Editor(s): D Rogers
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A recently completed system upgrade to add ORION, the latest automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) from De La Rue Printrak, is the fourth phase of a 15-year planned expansion enabling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to create a nationwide network that will permit online searching of a multimillion record fingerprint file.
Abstract: ORION provides true networking capability to support large AFIS networks and also supplies previously unavailable levels of fingerprint-matching speed and accuracy in fingerprint processing. Central to ORION's performance is a new image processor, known as the Contextual Enhancement Processor, that can improve poor quality fingerprints in a fraction of a second while it extracts the unique characteristics of each fingerprint and classifies the print. Smudged or heavily inked areas of the fingerprint are cleaned up electronically by the processor. If certain areas of the print are too smudged to process, they are blocked out, eliminating the problem of all previous systems, which would assign false minutiae in smudged areas. The enhancement process is capable of identifying consistent features even in poor areas of the print image through a technique that emulates the human interpretation process. ORION's modular design permits flexibility in configuring a system to meet the needs of identification bureaus of almost any size, including remote workstations and networked systems.
Main Term(s): Automated fingerprint processing
Index Term(s): Canada; Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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