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Tribute to Fingerprinting Pioneer –
BBC NEWS, UK - Nov. 12, 2004
...forensic experts from around the
world gathered in Scotland in tribute to the scientist who helped
discover that fingerprints are unique...
New Technique Used to Get Fingerprints in Murder Inquiry –
NEW ZEALAND HERALD, NZ - Nov. 12, 2004
...a unique forensic technique has
been used on the body of murdered New Zealand woman to take her
Judge Leaves Mayfield Case Over Comment –
CASPER STAR TRIBUNE, WY - Nov. 9, 2004
...US District Judge Owen Panner has
removed himself from Brandon Mayfield's civil suit, saying he wanted
to avoid the appearance of "a judge might not be completely
Proof is in The Fingerprints –
EVERETT NAVY BASE NEWS,
WA - Nov. 8, 2004
...Municipal Court is the first in Washington to take electronic
prints for misdemeanors...
Blasts FBI Lab –
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, IL - Nov. 14, 2004
...Peer pressure led to false ID of
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we read the IAI Monthly Update and the Justice For All Act of 2004 relating to
We take a look at the first FBI certified true 1000ppi Live Scan capture
The First FBI Certified true 1000 ppi
Live Scan Unit
In order to achieve
true and uncompromised 1000 ppi resolution images, a lot of new requirements
to be fulfilled. The devices for capturing
images have to
work according to well proven and widely accepted methods.
The optics must provide an accurate
representation of the friction ridge source, including 3rd level detail.
In addition, the live-scan
unit should be easy to
operate and reasonably priced.
Many vendors have taken the approach that the same 500 pixel per inch device
will be utilized... and the resulting 500ppi image will be re-sampled to
1000ppi. Although this technically results in a 1000ppi image, it doesn't
provide any more true and accurate information than you originally had; the
re-sampling process simply adds pixels to the detail captured at the lower
resolution. (See Figure 1) In many respects, I would much rather use a
lower resolution 500ppi image to conduct a comparison than to use a re-sampled
1000ppi image and open myself up to having to deal with the re-sampling process
in court. The way to have more detailed images is to capture them at
higher resolution, which is what the L SCAN 1000P (by Smiths Heimann) is the
first device to do and achieve FBI standards.
Figure 1: comparison of true 1000ppi L SCAN 1000P capture (left) and 500ppi
capture re-sampled to 1000ppi (right).
The scanning device itself is small, fast, durable and user-friendly. It
is designed to be used as a desktop, cabinet-integrated, or fully portable
system. The dimensions of the box itself are 14X20X6 and it weighs just 35
It has be ability
to quickly capture both 1000ppi and 500ppi fingerprint and palm print images.
palm image with the resolution of 1000 ppi is captured within two seconds,
while palm prints at
500 ppi are captured within
Calibration is made simple because the system
contains no moving parts,
and the unit workspace is protected from water and other contaminants. The
user-friendly nature of the
of the finger or hand on the PC screen, even for palm print capture, and
real-time rolled print acquisition and display.
"line-scanning" prevents the
from having to be
guided or rolled at a certain speed.
About Smiths Heimann Biometrics GmbH
Smiths Heimann Biometrics GmbH (SHB) is a security technology company that
focuses on optoelectronical
devices for capturing fingerprints and palm prints.
part of the Detection Division of the British Smiths Group
markets high quality security solutions for the detection of explosives,
biological agents as well as weapons and contraband, using trace detection and
Currently more than 3.500 Live Scan units from SHB are in
For more detailed information about Smiths Heimann Biometrics,
you can visit
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