Uganda adds biometric ID to crime-fighting arsenal

Uganda adds biometric ID to crime-fighting arsenal

First deployment of Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System (CABIS) in East Africa.

Uganda's police force has implemented Gemalto's Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System (CABIS) and LiveScan technology solutions.

Although not the first in Africa, it is the first CABIS deployment in East Africa said Rita Badaoui, Marketing Manager- CISMEA at Gemalto.

"This is a state of art, CABIS system will be intensively used by UPF in their daily operations," said Badaoui. It provides most recent tools and technologies in terms of biometrics solutions that will allow UPF to effectively fight crime and solve criminal cases and identify criminals upon request."

CABIS is a multi-biometric tool that is scalable and customisable to perform a range of tasks that include processing, editing, searching, retrieving, and storing fingerprint, palm print, face and iris images.

All data is then digitally stored by authorities to improve their ability to identify suspects.

Badaoui says system will be fully operated by the local police force, but Gemalto will offer its expertise towards ongoing support and maintenance.

Gemalto is working with ISSUL as a local partner to assist in the installation, project support and maintenance of the technology.

Badaoui would not comment on the cost of the project but said the deployment is not in any way connected to the Border Management System (BMS) that Gemalto supplied to Uganda earlier this year.