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Harris County Sheriffs Department Utilizes Motorola’s Mobile Identification System to Help Solve Murder Case


ANAHEIM, Calif. - 28 November 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that its latest Motorola Printrak Biometric Identification Solution (BIS) equipped with Motorola Mobile Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) assisted Harris County Sheriffs Office (HCSO) in the capture of a wanted murder suspect.

According to Pete Schroedter, AFIS manager, officers went to a home to serve an arrest warrant for a wanted suspect. Law enforcement officials did not find the suspect; however, they did encounter three males with no identification. Using Motorola’s Mobile AFIS in conjunction with the Motorola Printrak BIS officers were able to positively match one of the individual’s fingerprints against HCSO’s list of wanted suspects. He was the subject of a murder felony warrant in an unrelated case. Although HCSO’s officers were not in the home looking for this suspect, they were able to make an arrest resulting in increased safety in Harris County.

Mobile AFIS is a hand-held device that enables officers to capture fingerprint images of a detained person at the scene or on the street. The device transmits this information in a secure, encrypted format over a private network to the central Motorola Printrak BIS database. At the central site, advanced matching algorithms perform a search to compare this biometric data against the information of known or wanted criminals. The matching process is entirely automated, referred to as lights out, and an officer receives an immediate response. A match, referred to as a hit, delivers a photo of the individual and information pertaining to warrants and criminal records.

“Motorola’s Mobile AFIS proved to be a vital tool in the identification and arrest of this murder suspect. Without the Mobile AFIS tools, this suspect probably would have remained free for a while longer,” said Pete Schroedter.

Motorola is a leading provider of mission critical communication technologies, including biometric identification solutions and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) to help government and enterprise agencies accurately identify individuals. Motorola is one of the world’s leading biometric companies, with trusted biometric solutions deployed in nearly 40 countries.

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