MINNEAPOLIS — BIO-key International, Inc., the leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced that the Brookline Police Department has upgraded their wireless network, selecting the BIO-key PocketCop application to work with Verizon’s CDMA wireless network. PocketCop’s software will be placed on laptops and PDAs throughout the department giving law enforcement officers in the field immediate access to federal, state and local records.
“We are excited about combining PocketCop’s accessibility to criminal, want and warrant records with the high-speed CDMA capability of Verizon,” said Officer Scott Wilder, IT Director for the Brookline Police Department. With this combination of speed and accuracy, the Brookline Police Department continues to equip its officers with state-of-the-art technology and provide officers real-time access to driver and vehicle information, including digital driver photos. With the adoption of CDMA, advanced applications such as remote fingerprint identification, imaging, AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location), and GPS (Global Positioning Systems) are a reality.
“Working on Verizon’s CDMA technology also opens new opportunities for BIO-key,” said Don Nagle, VP/General Manager of BIO-key’s Public Safety Division. The FCC has ruled that all public safety organizations that are using CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data) technology must move to 3G technology by June 2005. BIO-Key’s Public Safety Division has over 70 customers in Massachusetts, including the Massachusetts State Police, Logan Airport, Boston Police and Springfield Police.
“We believe this deployment takes law enforcement to the next generation of security. On the street, speed and accuracy are critical in identifying potential suspects. The use of biometrics and wireless high-speed access will be a cornerstone of homeland security,” said CEO, Michael DePasquale, of BIO-key International.