Closing in on criminals and potential suspects is going to get a lot easier for Federal agents and police officers that have iPhones. Fulcrum Biometrics has developed the FbF mobileOne, a fingerprint scanner that slips over an iPhone or iPod Touch to capture fingerprints and then compare them to those in the national database within ten seconds.
Sadly, cops that are Android-loyal at home might have to deal with using an iPhone at work. Fulcrum is using Apple’s platform because it's more stable to start with. However they did acknowledge that developments for Android and Windows could be made in the future. The unit costs about $600 each, which compared to MORIS (a face and iris scanner that also connects to iPhone) at $3,000 a piece, would make it more accessible to smaller police units. Don’t go burning off those fingerprints yet; the company is still working with law enforcement agencies to build an application that will make it possible to access the FBI’s Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) database.
Via: Cult of Mac
Credit: Fulcrum Biometrics