An article published in an indian e-paper about AFIS
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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