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Police flagoff biometric registration of automobiles

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By EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS—The Nigeria Police, weekend, said it had concluded plans to create a data base for all vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles in the country with a view to checkmating criminal activities being perpetrated with such and also to facilitate easy apprehension of their users.

Against this backdrop, the police will today  flag off  the biometric registration of automobiles, during which all vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles are expected to be registered.

Apart from checkmating crime, the new scheme, code-named ‘Police Biometric Central Motor Registry, Police  BCMR,’ according to the Force Information Technology Officer, Mr.  Ayotunde Omodehinde,  would also end the era of policemen standing on the road, demanding vehicles particulars.

He said: “Police  BCMR is a technological means of attaching automobile owners’ special and unique biological traits as well as personal data to their  vehicles for  easy identification, authentication, protection and crime control. It operates on a smart card and hand-held card reader with  a  specially- developed  enterprise solution  for  the centralisation and validation of vehicle documents.

“Its  functions include : incident reporting, vehicle-owner document expiring notification, crime watch list, forensic analysis,  vehicle tracking and demobilisation, authentic means of identification among others.”

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