Mexico equips prisons with biometric systems

Published 5 January 2006

Mexican prisons are a battle ground in the drug war, with violence and corruption rampant; the Mexican government decided to rely on biometric to increase security in these prisons

The Mexican government has purchased $400,000 worth of biometrics systems, including fingerprint-, iris-, and face-recognition technology from San Diego-based ImageWare (AMEX: IW). The purchase aims to increase security at Mexican prisons. The drug wars have reached Mexican prisons, and the Mexican government has decided to increase monitoring of prisons controlled areas. Bruce Lyman, Argus Solutions’ chief executive officer, said Mexican prisons will be able to more closely monitor who comes and goes.

The technology will focus initially on visitor management and tracking, similar to that which we have already implemented in a number of Australian prisons,” Lyman said.

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