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Maharashtra to Adopt AMBIS

  • 31 Jul 2019
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Maharashtra became the first state to adopt an Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) to aid police investigations.

  • The Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (or AMBIS) adopted by the Maharashtra police will soon be replicated by other state police forces in the country.
  • An AMBIS unit comprises a computer terminal, a camera, and iris, fingerprint, and palm scanners.
  • It also includes a portable system to dust off and capture fingerprints from crime scenes.
  • AMBIS (with facial recognition from CCTV cameras), enables the police to cross-refer criminals whose fingerprints have been captured on paper over the decades, apart from solving fresh crimes.
  • AMBIS with facial recognition technology feature is an updated version of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which has been used by Indian law enforcement agencies to search finger and palm prints.
    • AFIS has limited utility, providing only one-to-one fingerprint matches as compared multimodal matches possible with AMBIS


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