Brazilian courts pilot biometric enrolment
09 August 2016 16:56 GMT

Brazil’s Mato Grosso State Court of Justice is currently conducting a pilot program using a biometric enrollment solution to improve personal identification processes in criminal hearings.

In Brazil, when a person is caught in the act of committing a crime, they are arrested and held for an immediate criminal hearing. This innovative process, launched in 2015 by the National Justice Council, ensures a speedy hearing for the individual before the judge, usually within 24 hours.

The extensive evaluation process to identify the person before the hearing was initially based on manual identification methods. The new vb e-pass portable system – developed by Portuguese firm Vision-Box – is an integrated enrollment and verification solution that captures biographic and biometric data in real-time, allowing the Forensic Office of Technical Identification (POLITEC) technicians to capture instant face and profile photos, fingerprints, and digital signature from the prisoners, as well as all biographic data registered on their ID cards.

As a further benefit to the identity process, additional pictures are taken of specific body marks, such as tattoos and scars, to add to the person’s ID file.

All this information is consolidated into a single personal profile that is associated with the arrested person, shared with the court house where the subsequent hearing take place, in addition to being stored in criminal databases at State and Federal level.

Since the beginning of the pilot, hundreds of identifications have been processed using the solution, enhancing the security of the identification procedure, ending data discrepancies of the suspect’s identity, and guaranteeing a consistency and improvement in the enrollment process. After identity verification, a doctor completes a medical exam, with a multidisciplinary team composed of a social worker, a psychologist, and a nursing technician, conducting a follow-up interview.

According to Aílton Machado, the POLITEC Metropolitan Director of Technical Identification, “This partnership aims to modernize the identification processes and guarantee an efficient and agile service delivery. The POLITEC technicians developed the pilot idea and helped to develop the solution along with Vision-Box™ Brazil as a way to build a system capable of being integrated in other Brazilian states, ensuring the biographic data capture provides an authenticity verification of the individual.”