Zimbabwe decentralises automated fingerprint system

By Staff reporter | 15 Aug 2019 at 21:06hrs
Biometric
GOVERNMENT has decentralised the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) and is now implementing it in Gweru, Mutare and Bulawayo.

The government said law enforcement agents will superintendent the system for easy criminal identification.

"AFIS will be used by law enforcement agencies for criminal identification.

"It is also useful in the identification of victims of natural and man-made disasters," read a tweet by the Ministry of Information.

AFIS is a system that uses biometric technology to store digital images of individual fingerprints for database comparison to produce a match.

This system helps law enforcers to check whether an individual has committed a crime in the past by running fingerprints against the database.

The Cyclone Idai which hit Manicaland province left many undocumented casualties which AFIS will avert.

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