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Help in A Tragic Situation

by Steve Thies, CEO

Every so often in the business world, you get an opportunity to see your product or service used for something special to benefit people in need. Such was the case recently when we found out that our Watson Mini was helping in a tragic situation overseas.

You may have heard of the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in December 2014, resulting in the deaths of the 162 people on board. The Indonesian team investigating the crash had the unenviable task of identifying bodies recovered from the Java Sea.

As part of the process, the team used a biometric fingerprint identification product, Credence ID’s Trident, to help with the identification. This particular device happens to incorporate the Watson Mini from Integrated Biometrics, a Mobile ID IQS FAP 45, Appendix F certified scanner. According to news reports, over 50 percent of the victims recovered so far have been rapidly identified using the Trident, as Indonesia has a biometric national ID registry with virtually every citizen enrolled.

Words cannot express the sorrow for the family members struggling to cope with their missing loved ones. The fact that one of our products is helping these families reach closure to an incredibly difficult situation as quickly as possible gives us pause to consider the impact of our work, as well as the responsibilities we take seriously in developing world-class enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors.