New technology featured at conference helps Bexar County fight crime

Fingerprinting, facial recognition technology stand out

SAN ANTONIO - A new push by law enforcement in Bexar County is aimed at using improved technology to help solve crimes.

The 26th annual AFIS Internet Users Conference is being held at the Westin River Walk Hotel, and is attracting law enforcement from around the country.

The conference is being put on by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and NEC, the company behind the Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

The AFIS has been integral in solving crime in Bexar County by using enhanced finger-printing methods to identify prints lifted from crime scenes, officials said.

Diana Barrera's husband, Manuel, was killed in a random act of violence back in 2008. Crime scene technicians were able to lift a print from the scene, although it was of very poor quality.

Using technology developed by the AFIS, investigators were able to enhance that image, identify the suspect, and make three arrests in the case.

Those arrests, according to experts at the conference, never would have happened without the enhanced technology.

Advancements like those are fast becoming the norm in law enforcement.

Aside from fingerprinting, the conference also feature facial recognition technology. It scans faces in real-time, matching people's faces to those already recorded in the system's database.

The technology is being explored by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office to be put into use at it's jail and the county courthouse.

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