Romania connected to European fingerprints database

Romania connected to European fingerprints database

The Romanian police has purchased cutting-edge laboratory equipment for fingerprint recovery from various supports and in atypical conditions, in a Swiss-Romanian cooperation project worth 1.5 million Swiss francs, started in 2012.

The project was aimed at aligning to the European Union regulations on the exchange of fingerprint data and on the quality management in fighting terrorism and cross-border crime. It also resulted in the upgrade of Romania’s Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which was interfaced with the European databases for automatic data exchange.

The system can now work automatically, without human intervention, at higher transfer and reaction speeds, Police Commissioner Gabriel Taru, project manager and director of the National Criminalistics Institute explained at the final press conference of the project. The interface does not display personal data; operators only see codes and digitS, although the persons they identify are known, he detailed. More…