“There’s an app for that” is a statement that has certainly made its mark in the second half of the last decade, thanks to the explosive boom of the iPhone in terms of its popularity and endearment. Well, it seems that the iPhone is about to gain yet another “feature” which will certainly be loathed by the bad guys – after all, it might end up being the de facto tool for identifying unknown fingerprints, including spotting terrorism suspects, thanks to the MobileOne device that will be used alongside the iPhone. Since time is of the essence when it comes to identifying a perpetrator, the use of a mobile device like the iPhone would go a long way in shortening the time police officers are required to wait while they run fingerprints through a national database.
Saving not only time but money as well, the MobileOne device was specially designed to slip over your regular iPhone or iPod touch, where it can capture high-quality fingerprints that are full well capable of passing the rigorous requirements set by the FBI. The inclusion of Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity (the iPod touch lacks the latter, of course), fingerprints which were captured can be compared to those stashed away in national databases in a jiffy, including FBI’s recently introduced Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) database. iPhones – fighting crime since 2011.
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