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AFIS & APIS - Automated Fingerprint & Palmprint Identification Systems


AFIS & APIS PrintQuest® Systems include both the Automated Fingerprint Identification and Automated Palmprint Identification capabilities.

- Police agencies, which have neither AFIS & APIS in-house capabilities will find in PrintQuest the complete solution with a fully integrated database of tenprints, palm cards and latents, with optional mugshot accessories.

For large AFIS and APIS Systems, using only the AFIS Fingerprint capability and adding a separate small to mid size APIS systems, costs less money than upgrading the AFIS with palm capability, because of the expensive hardware associated with large palm databases.

While our APIS Palm software capability is at no extra software charge, the extra hardware, matchers (pairs of processors), Larger Servers, more WS, more Hard-Disk storage drive APIS prices higher. Consider setting-up a 50K-100K-250K PrintQuest Palm APIS dedicated system at a reasonable cost, very quickly instead of waiting a long time for funds to get a large scale APIS upgrade.

But keep in mind that Latent Palm collection at crime scenes and searching an accurate APIS database can solve 25-35% MORE of your cases.

- A Police force, which already owns an AFIS or has access to the AFIS of a State or National agency, would prefer a System with Palmprint capability only. In such a case the PC or Server-WS will be configured to match the requirements of the palmprint database to be built. Due to the large amount of data Palm searches are slower than fingerprint searches, therefore APIS systems are usually configured with more and faster processors Hard-disk space also has to be optimized for the large palmprint images. However creating an APIS database of Palmprints takes LESS time than an AFIS database of ten-prints because the PrintQuest Palm Card entry is fully automated i.e., it does not require manual checking.

Creating the Palm database takes even less time when your police agency already has all the card text detailed information in an AFIS (Suspect’s name, address, case history…). So text entry into APIS may be limited to card number and name only. Creating INDEPENDENT AFIS and APIS databases is not a problem for most agencies, and avoids pricy upgrades to APIS of an old AFIS, in which, accuracy does not often come along with the expensive upgrade.

What if you already have AFIS access?

- MANY Police Dept’s find it more efficient to get their own AFIS database, even when they have access to a State AFIS. Usually slow and inaccurate, State AFIS databases suffer from large size or LONG candidate lists (20-50-100 per latent)!, and the limited personnel to examine these lists in order to find the real match. We and another company are starting to get many examples of cases not matched by State AFIS Systems, while a local small AFIS gets a hit… This does not mean our A.F.I.S system has the same accuracy as this other small size AFIS… Call them, Call us and compare side-by-side. We will accept the challenge as long as you test enough latents and cards. Will THEY accept the challenge ?

See our section Why select PrintQuest A.F.I.S. over other famous and less famous brands for recommendations on statistics to compare…

Also see our "Justification for getting your own AFIS APIS" if you have a hard time convincing your boss that you should spend money on your own AFIS when you have State AFIS access.


- PrintQuest® is more than just an AFIS/APIS. PrintQuest comes fully ready to interface with SceneScope RUVIS cameras, with CDIS CrimeScope Digital Imaging whether through a network with the CDIS Computer or directly with the Cooled/Uncooled CCD cameras featured with SPEX filtering devices (filter slides for fluorescence). The CrimeScope Company is the ONLY Company offering all the LATENT capture Instrumentation directly integrated with AFIS & APIS capability.

PrintQuest AFIS and APIS Automatic Fingerprint and Palmprint Identification Systems use selected hardware from:

Dell Computers and Servers

Epson Scanners and Color Printers

Lexmark Laser Printers



Equipos AFIS y APIS Desde $16,995.00


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