PALM

 

You would probably expect to hear these words coming from a fortune teller, who is about to reveal your future by reading the lines in your palm.

You would not expect these words from a Law Enforcement Agency. That was until now!

Thanks to Cogent Systems Inc. of Alhambra, California, the next major advancement in Law Enforcement Technology is now available to agencies around the world, they can now predict the future of a criminal who has left a fraction of his palm print at the scene of a crime.

Cogent Systems has installed some of the most advanced Automated "Fingerprint" Identification Systems around the world.

Cogent's DELTA-S AFIS system uses their highly advanced software technology for the searching and matching of millions of fingerprints in databases. Using this advanced technology as a foundation, Cogent has developed the most modern AUTOMATED PALM PRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM commercially available today.

Cogent's worldwide users have installations which have databases ranging from 10,000 fingers to 36,000,000 fingers. Cogent has recently delivered this advanced technology, which is believed to be the Worlds Largest Palm Print Database, to one of it's users.

The Republic of Slovakia, in central Europe, received their DELTA-S Automated Fingerprint Identification System in December of 1995. The system consisted of a central database of fingerprints in the capital city, connected to three regional forensic laboratories, forty district police stations, and sixty border stations. In the short period of time, since the system has been in operation, it has successfully identified over two hundred latent fingerprints from crime scenes.

During the conversion of the original inked fingerprint cards from the Slovak Criminalistics Institute, Cogent also scanned and captured the inked palm impressions on each of their print cards. Cogent delivered and installed the Automated Palm Print System in August of 1996.

Cogent's fingerprint encoding and matching software is leading edge technology. Unlike older fingerprint technology, Cogent's fingerprint system does not need to locate a core (center of a pattern) or a delta (area that diverts around a pattern) in order to search and match databases of millions of fingerprints. A fingerprint is made up of points of identification (minutia), these features by themselves are enough to search and return a small number of candidates from millions of fingerprints.

Since a palm print is composed of the same points of identification (minutia), Cogent is able to encode an entire Palm Print as easily as a single fingerprint. Palm latents that are found at the scene of crimes are routinely filed away by law enforcement agencies around the world, because their was no automated way of searching them.

Cogent's breakthrough technology has solved that problem. Using less than a square inch of palm print detail left at a crime scene, fingerprint examiners can now search the entire area of a both palms in databases of millions of palm prints.

There have been numerous cases where the only usable latent print information has come from a palm print and not fingers. Without an Automated Palm Print Identification System it was impossible to identify an unknown suspect. The Polly Klaas, kidnap-murder in California, was one of those cases. The only usable form of positive identification left at the crime scene was a partial palm print of the suspect. Had an Automated Palm Print system been available that one individual may have been identified out of a database of millions in a matter of minutes.

Cogent System is in the process of supplying the advanced DELTA-S Automated Finger and Palm print Identification Systems technology to several Law Enforcement Agencies in the United States.