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New fingerprint system speeds up manhunt in China

CHINA'S law enforcement units have been equipped with the world's leading automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) to detect and catch criminals faster, a scientific innovation forum learned today in Shanghai. Developed by NEC, the system has been used by Anhui Province police and it has a database that can store more than 10 million fingerprints, the largest in the nation. AFIS is a biometric identification methodology that uses a digital imaging device to scan, store and analyze fingerprint information for comparison with fingerprints collected from crime scenes. Thanks to the system, Anhui police were able to crack, in the past three months, criminal cases equal to the total number they solved last year. Most of the domestic fingerprint databases can only store less than 5 million fingerprint data. The NEC system not only has a bigger storage but also a faster processing speed. It can analyze one fingerprint in 30 seconds on average, notably improving the efficiency of police screening.

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