ThirdFactor: iPhone with iris and fingerprint biometrics helps law enforcement ID criminals

Mobile and Wireless Multi-Modal Biometric Offender Recognition and Information System (MORIS), developed by BI2 Technologies in conjunction with Apple, is improving identification capabilities for police officers in Plymouth County Massachusetts. The solution uses a special hardware sleeve that fits over an iPhone to collect fingerprints, iris biometrics and photos in the field thus expediting suspect identification and retrieval of criminal records.

It is designed to help law enforcement agencies track sex offenders, gang members, inmates and illegal aliens. According to an article in Government Technology, the devices cost between $1500 and $3000 per unit depending on configuration. The Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association received a $200,000 federal grant to roll-out the technology to the state’s 14 sheriffs’ departments and as many as 28 local police departments. As Plymouth County is the first to use this technology, the project is being monitored by the ACLU for privacy implications.