How do I save fingerprints in the database

AFIS - The automated fingerprint identification system

The automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) is a system for storing and processing digital fingerprints. By digitizing fingerprints, it is possible to compare traces found with data records in the database. The system was put into operation in Germany in 1993 and today contains around 3 million fingerprints.

AFIS is mainly used for two areas, fingerprint verification and fingerprint identification.

Fingerprint verification is used, for example, in the high-security area, in order to give only certain people access to different areas or data. A fingerprint scanner compares the features of the existing print with data records from a database.

With fingerprint identification, a found or present fingerprint is compared with the stored fingerprints in order to enable identification. Any matches found with the AFIS database must then be checked and verified by a dactyloscope.

The fingerprints found with EVISCAN can be integrated immediately into the database and are therefore immediately available for fingerprint identification.

In the USA, the IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System) introduced in 1999 is used instead of AFIS. In Europe, the EURODAC (European Dactyloscopy), a European database for fingerprints, is also maintained.