Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sometimes advanced technology is not necessary

As I've mentioned previously here in the Empoprise-BI business blog, I work with various biometric matching systems. My employer, MorphoTrak, provides fingerprint and palmprint identification systems and facial recognition systems, and has even acquired the rights technology for SMT matching. To those who don't spend their days working with biometric acronyms, "SMT" stands for "scars, marks, and tattoos."

And we have a number of customers for our technologies, including the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

But I think it's safe to say that Broward County didn't use MorphoTrak technology to nab one of its most recent arrestees.

They didn't need to.

The Sun-Sentinel:

A theft suspect with "I'm Me" tattooed on his forehead was arrested Tuesday night, just hours after authorities circulated a photograph of him.

Just before noon Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff's Office issued a news release about Joseph Eric Williams....

Yes, the iPhone thief's memorable tattoo was noticed by people when he robbed iPhones from AT&T stores all over south Florida. Once Broward County issued its news release, Williams was caught in Miami Gardens within hours.

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