Chile launches biometric identification system and aims to fight organized crime


Chile deploys its first Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) in an effort to fight organized crime. The launch material shows that the material is provided by Idemia.

The system will instantly identify known criminals, irregular migrants and the dead who have no form of identification, by cross-referencing biometric databases from Civil Registry, Civil Police (PDI) and Interpol , according to the Santiago government website.

The 4.9 billion peso ($5.6 million) project for the capital region will be implemented by the end of the year and will work on fingerprints, palm prints and facial biometrics . They will be used in 27 police units in the region, in particular for migration, forensic medicine and “daily control”.

The announcement of the launch of biometrics in Santiago is mainly political, covering security and fear of crime. It also includes photographs of stationary biometric capture equipment and mobile devices, the latter clearly of Idemia technology.

Idemia was awarded a 10-year contract to provide digital identification services to Chile’s Civil Registry and Identification Service in spring 2022. This was to cover user authentication through facial biometrics, fingerprints and iris and to create a new digital identification system to access government services.

This latest development with the governor of Santiago, the police and crime prevention department seems somewhat of a departure, although access to the civil registry database is still part of the new scheme. Idemia lists payments, identity and travel as its service areas for the Santiago office.

Biometric update has contacted Idemia for comment.

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