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Ireland An Garda Síochána: Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)—Project Snapshot

Just another day at the office for our fingerprint experts.

Leaving a fingerprint is like leaving a calling card at a crime scene. Because of their unique qualities, fingerprints are considered the most effective tool in solving crime.

With a rapidly changing technology landscape, An Garda Síochána turned to Accenture for help with replacing their legacy fingerprinting system with a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Accenture offered a solution that surpassed the functionality, capability and capacity of the legacy fingerprinting system. With the introduction of LiveScan machines, the new AFIS system allows for the automated electronic capture of finger and palm prints.

As well as searching Irish fingerprint records, AFIS supports the increasing demand for civil searches through its seamless integration with EURODAC, the European fingerprint database for Asylum Seekers.

This has been hugely beneficial to Ireland’s Department of Justice in tackling fraudulent and multi member state asylum applications.

Since the launch of AFIS the use of fingerprints has evolved from being solely used in criminal investigations to the current position of being used as a unique biometric identifier for the verification and identification of individuals in non crime-related situations. AFIS is now also integrated with GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau), the Garda Síochána’s PULSE computer system and other external agencies placing its immigration system on a par with some of the world’s best models.