NEC installs large AFIS in China
13 July 2011 15:08 GMT

China installs large AFIS from NEC

NEC Corporation (NEC) has announced the deployment of one of China's largest and fastest automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) in Anhui Province. The new NEC system is mainly used to screen for criminals or suspects based on fingerprints left at crime scenes.

The system rapidly matches fingerprint data collected from crime scenes with pre-registered data in order to support the identification of fingerprints from criminal investigations. There are more than 1,800 AFIS terminals operated by the Anhui Province Public Safety Authority and an additional 500 AFIS terminals are planned for the future. This is one of the largest AFIS systems in China, capable of registering fingerprint data for more than ten million people. Within three months of launching this new system, it matched the same number of fingerprint hits as the entire previous year.

Currently most of the AFIS in China are small or independent systems that are incompatible and difficult to coordinate between other provinces. Due to an increasing demand for cooperation between provinces, interoperable and large-scale systems are required.

The main features of the newly installed AFIS at Anhui Province are as follows:

1. One of China's largest AFIS systems, capable of registering fingerprint data for more than ten million people.Most of the AFIS installed in China are limited to handling less than five million people's fingerprint data. The new system can search and reference the fingerprint data for more than ten million people.

2. Average time of thirty seconds to match fingerprint dataNEC's fingerprint matching system can compare approximately ten million people's fingerprint data in an average of thirty seconds.