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Brandon company selling high tech finger scanning

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Crime fighting with the help of a finger scan. Carolyn Rains says that's the idea behind her company, Automation Designs and Solutions, that creates biometric software.

"This tells who a person really is. It doesn't matter if they give an alias name. It doesn't matter if they give a false social security number," said Rains.

As long as law enforcement officers have an Internet connection, they can quickly access wrap sheets based on a fingerprint.

"Electronically transmit that to the state MCIC, Mississippi Crime Information Center. From there the Crime Information Center subsequently forwards that to the FBI," explained Rains.

Employee Grayson Wood says the method is as simple as placing your finger on the device and waiting for the beep.

"When you're doing this type of live scan fingerprint, you don't actually put anything on your fingers, said Wood. "You don't use ink like you would for cards. You're purely picking up just the natural oils that's on someone's fingers."

Records are cross-referenced and results are pulled up within minutes.

But the equipment size is shrinking. They even have a portable device that attaches to smart phones. It has not been implemented in Mississippi yet, but the company says it can be useful in the future for traffic stops.

Another application for the finger scans that's already in place is for hiring practices. Many agencies, including school districts, require background checks using fingerprints.

"It's vital to protect the pubic to protect our children, to protect the vulnerable in hospital healthcare facilities to protect those in mental health facilities," said Rains.

The costs of one of the finger scanners is around for $5,000. For the smart phone, the software is $4,000. The device itself is about $600. The Department of Public Safety has a program that helps law enforcement agencies find grants. The company is hoping that will allow for more customers.

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