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Ariz. dept. to use Iris Biometric Identification Technology

Pinal County Sheriff's department unveiled the new system that will keep track of sex offenders, illegal border crossers, and members of drug cartels


By KVOA

FLORENCE, Ariz. — State of the art technology is being used by one the oldest law enforcement agencies in Arizona.

Thursday, the Pinal County Sheriff's department unveiled the new system that will keep track of sex offenders, illegal border crossers, and members of drug cartels.

It's called Iris Biometric Identification Technology.

Sheriff Paul Babeu says, "Not only the timing of going from hours where we could check and verify who this person is by checking finger prints, you're going down to 4 seconds."

Here's how the system works, each individual has 235 tearings in their iris that's only unique to them. By using a high speed digital camera in just the blink of an eye law enforcement can have people's identity and criminal background.

Sheriff Babeu says this technology will be extremely useful to register, track and monitor approximately 700 sex offenders in Pinal County.

It will be used in conjunction with offender watch which immediately updates information on sex offenders to schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.
The system is linked to the existing data.

Sean Mullin with BI2 technologies says, "There's no duplication of efforts it takes the best advantage of the data that's there and provides it with the capability of using it immediately."

The system is also portable, so some of the deputies will have it by summer.

Mullin says, The Iris Biometric Identification Technology is five years old, and 47 states are using it.

Pinal county is the first in Arizona.

The funds to pay for it are coming out of inmate generated funds, such as the jail commissary and phone calls.

Republished with permission from KVOA

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