WATCH YOUR STEP, POLICE TEST NEW INSTANT ID TECHNOLOGY
Sagem Morpho, Inc. a Tacoma, WA based technology company has recently announced that the Columbus, OH police department will begin testing forty of its new “Morpho RapID” instant ID devices. The cost? $3000.00 per unit funded via a Federal Homeland Security grant.
The RapID works by wirelessly and instantaneously identifying potential perps biometrically (via fingerprint). The Morpho RapID can be used for spot id’s; immigration control; passport control; suspect identification; border control and driver’s license check all without having to take a trip to the booking station. We wonder how long it will be before this begins to be used as a profiling and harrassment tool? Hip-hopper’s and immigrants beware.
If by chance, you happen to get stopped in Columbus, OH doing 93 MPH in a 65 MPH zone, chances are that the officer will pull out his RapID and run your fingerprint against the 250,000 fingerprints currently in their system. It will give the officer instant access you dossier. You better hope that you don’t have an outstanding warrant in Columbus, OH. If you do, step gingerly because the po-po is out to get you.
In the future, keep your nose clean because it’s only a matter of time before this technology comes to a police precinct near you.
For more info visit: www.morpho.com