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Police in Namibia launches automated biometric identification system

Staff Writer |
The Namibian Police Force became the first law-enforcement agency in southern Africa to introduce an automated biometric identification system.

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Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh launched the police Automated Biometric Identification System (N-ABIS) in Windhoek. It includes an automated fingerprint identification system and automated facial recognition system.

N-ABIS was developed at a cost of N$40 million over a period of two years by Orion Technologies and Engineering Systems Africa (Otesa), a Namibian company.

Namoloh said acquiring the new technology demonstrates that police operates in a digital manner as set out in the national e-Government Strategic Action Plan for the Public Service of Namibia.

"The Ministry of Safety and Security is committed to implementing government policies and strategies in order to improve service delivery.

"We successfully launched the e-Policing system in 2010 at a cost of N$22 million. This system consists of 16 databases, and today we are launching yet another system that will enhance efficiency in serving our people," he noted.

The e-policing system stores data on case dockets, crime statistics and (crime) movement, and crime intelligence, amongst others.

N-ABIS is capable of capturing live scans of fingerprints and also uses facial recognition, comparing it in seconds against millions of scans in the database, said police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.

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