SA prisons to get biometrics systems

Will scan all vistors and staff

The South Australian Government is mulling the deployment of biometric identification across its Department for Correctional Services (DCS) run prisons.

A biometric verification system will initially be implemented at Adelaide Remand Centre, and pending a successful trial, be rolled out to two additional sites including Yatala Labour Prison, Adelaide Women’s Prison, Mobilong Prison , Port Augusta Prison, Mt Gambier Prison, Cadell Training Centre, and Port Lincoln Prison.

The systems will provide a method of registering and verifying all persons – staff, visitors and inmates - entering and leaving the facilities, and assist in the management of persons moving in and around the facilities.

Each site will have three biometric readers – one each for “person enrolment”, “person entry” and “person exit”.

According to DCS documents, the system will be based on either dual iris scan, facial recognition technology, or hand scanning and be capable of taking a reading in under one second with a less than .01 per cent error rate.

The system will be networked with other State correctional facilities and all data taken by the biometric scanners will be encrypted and stored for a least twenty five years.

It follows the roll out of mandatory iris scanning and fingerprinting across 32 NSW DCS prisons to help verify visitor identities. The $1.5 million project will centralise biometric verification across 14 prisons.

The technology has been used in NSW gaols for about a decade to assist with visitor identity validation.

Already this month Crimtrac proposed tying fingerprints to passports and drivers licenses in an effort to reduce false identification for background checks.

The Queensland Government also announced that its new driver licence will utilise high-end facial recognition technology in a bid to stamp out fraud and identity theft in the state.

Biometrics are also likely to be included in a raft of ICT-related spending under the recent Federal Budget.

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