Popular Science: Popular Science Selects BI2 Technologies' MORIS as an Innovation of the Year for 2010

The iPhone now fights crime. MORIS, the Mobile Offender Recognition and Identification System, is a 2.5-ounce hardware attachment and software app that turns a smartphone into a powerful handheld biometric device. It combines iris recognition, fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, allowing police officers to ID suspects in seconds without taking that long trip downtown. After an officer snaps a photo of a suspect’s face, scans his iris, or takes his prints with MORIS’s built-in fingerprint scanner, the phone wirelessly and securely combs through databases of existing criminal-justice records for a match. Police officials in Massachusetts consider these features well worth the price tag: At least 25 police departments in the state now use the system. $3,000.