Norwegian Police chooses Steria’s biometric solutions

Steria-LogoNew Delhi, India, July 21, 2014: Steria, a leading provider of end-to-end IT enabled business services, announced today that it has been selected by the Norwegian Police for a six year contract to implement biometrics system which will transform the way criminal investigations are conducted.

As part of the contract, Steria will provide the Norwegian Police with a whole new structure securing identity management. This will provide the police with a more structured and effective way of handling identities. The delivery is supported by Steria’s flagship biometric solution SteriaAFIS. Developed in co-operation with European police forces, SteriaAFIS meets the changing requirements to support criminal police operations for identity management and investigation of latent prints. Its implementation will achieve a modernised and automated workflow system, powering more efficient overall processes for the police force.

The patented algorithms used in Steria’s solution provide a new way of working for fingerprint experts as search results are presented live to the user. As a comparison, these search operations used to take up long minutes when using other solutions available on the market. The speed and accuracy of the solution will reduce the time it takes officers to identify and signal criminal profiles.

Once delivered, this solution will meet the Norwegian Police’s specific needs and enable fast, electronic and accurate capturing, storage and biometric matching of fingerprints in large databases.

Steria’s biometrics solution will be fully and seamlessly integrated into the Police’s IT systems. In addition to the core delivery there are also options to deliver further components. These include:

  • Photo register for the Norwegian Police and a solution for face recognition supporting a secure border control;
  • Storage for photos and fingerprints for passport registrations to fight fraudulent identity crime;
  • 3D Face recognition. 

Head of Biometrics at Steria Ole Marius Steinkjer said, “Biometric technology has historically been a core component in criminal investigations. Where the criminal AFIS often was a stand-alone solution solving its tasks isolated earlier, the market is now changing. Today’s trends have moved towards integrating these solutions more seamlessly into a larger IT perspective. There are many positive effects of these which stretch from data quality in removing duplicate information registration to a complete end-to-end process in identification management. By signing such an important contract with the Norwegian Police, Steria is proud to be established as a key supplier in the criminal AFIS market.”

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