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FBI Picks iPhone As Its New Crime-Fighting Partner, Dismisses Android Smartphones [Report]

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According to a report by Cult Of Mac, it seems that FBI has also decided to make use of iPhone’s immense versatility. A pocketable device designed by Fulcrum Technologies called ‘mobileOne’ slips over an iPhone or iPod touch and can instantly take high-quality fingerprints. Because of the iPhone’s Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, fingerprints obtained can be quickly compared to those in national databases.

According to Ken Nosker, the president of Fulcrum Technologies, an iPhone could significantly shorten the time police officers need to wait while fingerprints are run through a national database. He also dismissed Android smartphones as potential candidates for his device complaining that every handset has a different interface and is simply not as stable as the iPhone’s OS.

Detailing from the source:

The chief benefits of using an iPhone fingerprint device are saving time and money. If an officer must take a suspect in for fingerprints, the delay could be hours, and although there are mobile fingerprinting units, their high price means more delays as police search for the one or two they can afford. On the other hand, many police officers already have iPhones, and the cost of the mobileOne device is within reach of even the smallest police departments.

But why not Android? For biometrics — which can include fingerprints, facial analysis – even voiceprints — “Apple provides the most stable platform, bar none,” Nosker said. He dismissed the vast array of Android handsets, complaining that 30 or 40 Android smartphones had 30 or 40 different ways to interface with his fingerprint device. In other words, Google’s OS can forget about being deputized, and Android will never be a RoboCop.

In 2012, the mobileOne iPhone will be among devices that undergo trials by the FBI. Once approved, the iPhone fingerprint product could be available to all U.S. law enforcement looking for serious criminals. The mobileOne device is expected to cost $600.

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  • Androidacon

    Too bad they could have crafted their own custom ROM specifically for all things the FBI needs….

  • Anonymous

    or maybe the iphone already provides them with said needs, no “crafting” necessary

  • Androidacon

    And maybe they end up missing clues to another mass terrorist attack.

    The only way you are guaranteed to have a secure OS is to make it in house and keep the code on a very tight leash.  *cough* CIQ *cough cough*

  • Anonymous

    this is just… silly… lol

  • Anonymous

    Why does the title say “FBI Picks iPhone” when they are just starting tests?

  • Believe it or not, one blogger took creative license and misquoted the original article and now every blogger is misquoting and taking their own creative license. FACTS: The FBI does not endorse any one product. FbF mobileOne will not be undergoing tests in 2012, because the FBI has already certified FbF mobileOne and listed it on the FBI IAFIS Approved Product List. This means any law enforcement agency could select it from the list and engage with Fulcrum on an FBI RISC Pilot Project.

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