05/03/2004

Files of fingerprints to go electronic; New inkless scanner simplifies process

By Stephen Gurr
Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

In the future, the thousands of ink-smudged fingerprint cards on file at police departments will be obsolete, authorities say. The fingerprints taken will travel through a digital pipeline, instantly accessible on a computer monitor at the touch of a button.

The Aiken, S.C. Department of Public Safety is taking a step toward that paperless future with its latest high-tech gadget - an inkless fingerprint scanner that easily could be from the world of James Bond.

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