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US Coast Guard Applying Biometrics at Sea

by Chris Watson on November 23, 2010


Broadband connections at sea are for more than simply web browsing and phone calls to family or the office. Take a look at this video  on the U.S. Coast Guard's website. It offers a fantastic look at how the USCG is using real-time biometrics to identify refugees picked up at sea and spot potential felons. (Tip: depending on the speed of your data connection, it may take a few moments for enough of the video to download before it starts playing.)

The cutter highlighted here, the Key Largo, was one of the first to be equipped with a KVH TracPhone V7 and the mini-VSAT Broadband service as part of the original 30+ vessel deployment. The V7 provided the broadband data pipe that enabled the onboard biometrics system to communicate with multiple law enforcement databases on shore, providing the crew with a rapid response regarding potential law enforcement red flags. We're looking forward to bringing this same level of connectivity to other USCG cutters over the next several years.

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