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Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana - COO Theekshana (A UCSC managed Company)

Harsha Wijayawardhana, head of software development unit at the University of Columbo’s School of Computing. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Software to match fingerprints alters investigations in Sri Lanka.

Automated Fingerprint Identification System was provided by the Colombo School of Computing to police.

New Delhi: Fingerprint identification is one of the oldest forms of biometrics and is often considered reliable because of the uniqueness of fingerprints and easy availability.

In Sri Lanka, fingerprints have been used by investigation agencies since 1908. But a major challenge was that since they were searching through a manual system with the naked eye, that judicial and police investigators took up to four weeks to submit a report. This time has now been cut to a single day—after a technology called Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was provided by the Colombo School of Computing to police agencies.

In 2010, Theekshana, a company managed by the University of Colombo School of Computing, was approached by the police to develop a software that could make fingerprint identification faster and more accurate. Initially, researchers at Theekshana worked on an AFIS system that had been released as a free and open source software by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:01
AFIS among the Manthan Awards 2015 Finalists

Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for Criminal Record Division of Sri Lanka Police had been nominated among the top finalists under the e-governance category of the Manthan Awards 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on 2nd of December 2015 at the India Habitat Center - New Delhi.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:26
Mr. Wijayawardhana COO of Theekshana recognized as an Internet Pioneer in Sri Lanka

11426792_827156380666634_4326407659424736180_oMr. Harsha Wijayawardhana, COO of Theekshana was recently recognized as an Internet Pioneer in Sri Lanka at the celebration of 20 years of Internet in Sri Lanka by chapter, LEARN and ICTA.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 13:40
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