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New fingerprint scanners to identify suspects

New fingerprint scanners to identify suspects

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Police officers are being given mobile finger print scanners to instantly identify suspected criminals and illegal immigrants.Two hundred and fifty of the new pocket-sized devices are being trialled in West Yorkshire before being rolled out by the Home Office across the country.The scanners, which cost less than £300 each, can be used by any officer to take two fingerprints from a suspect.They are then checked in seconds against records held in two national databases of fingerprints called IABS and IDENT1.IABS contains the fingerprints of all processed asylum seekers, while IDENT1, designed and managed by American aerospace and defence technology giant Northrop Grunman, holds data from people who have been previously arrested in the UK.The scanners access records via the Biometric Services
Phone embeds fingerprint sensor within screen

Phone embeds fingerprint sensor within screen

Technology
Smartphones may soon have fingerprint sensors embedded within screens, thanks to new technological advancements.A prototype of the first ever phone with a scanner within the display was revealed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Rather than being developed by Apple or Samsung, the world-first was manufactured by Chinese technology company Vivo, which is little known in Western markets.As reviewed by technology publication 9to5Google, the in-display sensor is a lot slower than those previously seen in smartphones, but is just as accurate."In our hands-on demo of the product, the functionality was pretty much flawless," said 9to5Google."Clearly, this technology is still in its early days, but it's an impressive start nonetheless."Hopefully, we'll see this tech debut on mo...