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25 February 2004 - The Bavarian police force has chosen Steria's FIT biometrics solution for the management and transmission of fingerprints as part of its suspect information identification and recording procedures. This project follows Steria's implementation of the Eurodac project involving the biometric management of asylum applications for the European Commission and 14 EU countries, and its pilot project to set-up a biometric facial recognition system for Grampian police in Scotland.

Steria's FIT (Fingerprint Image Transmission) solution will enable the Bavarian criminal investigation department to check the identity of suspects by transmitting fingerprints and other biometric data such as faces or signatures to national databases in a highly secure manner. The new generation of FIT was developed by Steria in conjunction with international experts. The solution will be set up on Bavarian police premises and at 80 sites as well as being integrated into the INPOL information system used by the police. The project will allow identification and records officers to enhance their workflow and accelerate data transmission to the German Federal Bureau of Investigation so as to fight against organised crime and terrorist networks more efficiently.

Fingerprint identification

Most of the Bavarian police's identification and records division offices will in the future manage cases electronically by using "live scanners". These record suspects' digitised fingerprints, which are then classified in the INPOL system and the corresponding criminal records by police officers. The FIT solution has also been customised in collaboration with experts to record and analyse fingerprints from the criminal investigation department and the Middle Franconian police headquarters. A new interface with the central AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) database has also been developed, enabling data to be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a matter of seconds.
"Thanks to the implementation of the next generation of FIT, Bavaria is a pilot site for all states of the Federal Republic of Germany. The solution created in collaboration with Steria meets all the project's objectives. We will be able to fight against crime more efficiently by providing any authorised colleagues with high-quality digitised fingerprints as soon as they have been recorded and transmitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation," explains Erich Hess, senior officer at the Middle Franconian police headquarters.
"Our aim is to make work easier for identification and records officers while improving data quality," adds officer Gerhard Siegl, technical project manager.

FIT: exchanging biometric data throughout Europe

FIT software is frequently used by national and international police forces, German border patrol (BGS) and several European organisations, including the European Commission, which uses FIT within the scope of the Eurodac project for processing asylum applications in EU member states. Around two million immigration and asylum applications will be processed by the end of 2004.

Steria in the UK has a strong offering of biometric solutions in areas such as security, criminal justice and law enforcement. The main components of the offering include Crime and Custody Management systems, facial recognition software and systems and Fingerprint Image Transmission (FIT) technology. Steria's biometrics customers in the UK include Grampian Police Force, which uses Steria's facial recognition software to identify those taken into custody.

About Steria (www.steria.com)
Extensive expertise in its three core businesses of consulting, systems integration and managed services has made Steria a leading, end-to-end, IT services provider for companies and public authorities throughout Europe.

With a revenue of 1 billion euros and more than 8000 employees, Steria is one of the top ten European IT services companies.

Knowledge of its customers' business processes, understanding the challenges facing them and an exceptional ability to respond enables Steria to design innovative solutions, with a commitment to results and customer satisfaction. Steria is thus able to provide a portfolio of proven solutions, backed by more than 30 years' experience in managing large-scale projects.

Steria's employees, who hold 30% of the Group’s capital, have built a performance culture based on strong values – simplicity, creativity, independence, respect and openness – enabling Steria to help its customers make progress.


About Steria Limited (www.steria.co.uk)
Steria in the UK delivers a full services portfolio, combining consulting, systems integration and managed services with a focus on major business areas including the public sector, finance and transport. Steria employs more than 1,500 people in the UK.

For more information, contact:
Casey Balkham/Ghezala Beg
Brodeur Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0)20 7298 7043/7063
Mail to: cbalkham@uk.brodeur.com/gbeg@uk.brodeur.com


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