Biography & Net Worth: LCSO announces new technology to identify prisoners by eye

TALHASI, Florida (WTXL) – In just 15 seconds, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify prisoners using biometric technology.

“Five years ago, we had the highest crime rate in Florida.”

This is why LCSO implements a Prisoner Identification System (also known as IRIS).

“That is, I haven’t provided my information to anyone and have just been arrested by the Tallahassee PD.”

Identify current and past prisoners.

This system plays a match in seconds, regardless of where the person is first arrested.

John Leonard, Chief Operating Officer of BI2 Technology, said it is the holy grail of human identity.

“IRIS awareness is the ability to accurately and honestly identify someone, whether someone has actually provided a proper name or date of birth, or attempted to find out.”

The cost of the system was approximately $20,000, but Leon County was awarded a funding grant.

They have been using IRIS for several months and Assistant Sheriff Steve Harrelson said it would be helpful when booking prisoners.

“We have prisoners trying to tell us who we are or identifying ourselves by having something to do with fingerprints or facial features on IRIS. But you can’t beat it.”

Prisoners can be identified in just 15 seconds. IRIS is another tool to protect the people of Leon County.

“Now we know who they are, so someone could have been prosecuted and avoided until someone was properly identified by their fingerprints.”

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has been using IRIS since May.

IRIS technology is currently used in seven counties, including Wakulla, Florida.

Franklin County will be operational at the end of the month using this technology.