With the launch of the Namibian Police’s Automated Biometric Identification System (N-ABIS) at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, the police now have a system that is able to scan and detect if a person has a criminal record in less than five minutes. This is by scanning fingerprints and also by doing face recognition.
The system is designed for the efficient and effective processing of facial and fingerprint recognition. It uses automated fingerprint identification systems technology, and records are ultimately linked to a unique number for each citizen.
The system will for now only be operational in Windhoek, but plans are afoot to roll it out countrywide by the end of this year.
The launch was attended by Minister of Safety and Security,
Major-General (Rtd) Charles Namoloh and various dignitaries. The minister’s fingerprints were scanned and he was issued with a certificate of conduct that shows he does not have a criminal record.
Th Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the system is the product of planning and hard work over the past two years, and he applauded the officers who diligently worked hard to achieve the dream. The new system is a collaboration between the IT Department of NamPol and Otesa Company, with technical expertise from China.
During the launch the system was demonstrated to invited guests and according to the police it will eradicate the huge backlog of applications for conduct certificates at the Namibian Police.
Certificates of appreciation were handed to 85 officers that were involved in the process and trophies to the best achievers in various categories.