Lincolnshire police using WP7 in new fingerprint tech trial

This is pretty awesome, Lincolnshire county police are piloting new fingerprint technology and are using Windows Phone 7 (specifically a HTC device) with an app developed by Immersive Forensics (opens in new tab), which scans the fingerprints in question and adds to/searches the bureau database. According to the report, the force primarily began using Blackberry devices and using email to send fingerprint scans, but the WP7 app and OS platform allows more scalability and connectivity that is required.

Matt Mears, CSI, explains:

"This quick and simple method of image submission allows the Fingerprint Bureau to receive, process and identify crime scene marks in real time. Images are being sent and received this way on a daily basis and have already resulted in successful identifications and detections. This technology has great potential. It is not limited to fingerprints, it also gives the capability to send footwear marks and crime scene photographs."

For the time being only two CSIs are using the application but police forces from other counties are looking to take full advantage of this new technology. Unfortunately, this app isn't available in the Marketplace for everyone to have fun with.

Source: Lincolnshire Police, via: The Lincolnite (opens in new tab)

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  • It is cool how they are using it. But the app is just an Image uploader. They are taking high quality photos of the fingerprints already developed using traditional dusting techniques.It would serve no purpose in the Marketplace.
  • Do you have any information to prove the features of the app is limited to simply being an image uploader? I highly doubt it would simply be able to just upload images or they may as well use php script via IE.
  • I was just wondering how they were able to install these apps without them being in Marketplace, are they using developer unlocked phones?
  • Yes. Each dev account can unlock 3 phones. The thing is, the also only need to be developer unlocked to install the app...
  • So now every time I touch my screen the Government has my fingerprint!!!! :o
  • Well, since there is no way technically possible that it scans with the screen as sort of hinted at in the above image, the only other option is that there is some sort of USB adapter that plugs in to it and transfers the image over to it.But, a image uploader to a private law enforcement database that does searching and such is not something trivial either. But again, completely useless to the public because we do not (nor should) have access to private law enforcement databases!Going to the website of the developer, it is clear it works with their RoamEO product line; which as it states "ensures your valued digital evidence is optimally converted using certified JPEG 2000 compression ".Other then photos of fingerprints, the only other technique used to get them in the computer is a scanner. And maybe I am just blind, but I do not even see nowhere near the appropriate APIs in the current SDK to work with a scanner that hooks up to USB.
  • is this application used all over US already? I am curious if this can also be integrated with other Business Telephone Systems Services...well, since technology is highly advancing these days..