Germany uses local company’s tool for scanning immigrants’ fingerprints

Cabins are set up inside Hanger 4 of the former airport Tempelhof to be used as a temporary emergency shelter for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. German government says some 965,000 people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany between January and the end of November, though the process has been chaotic at times. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Cabins are set up inside Hanger 4 of the former airport Tempelhof to be used as a temporary emergency shelter for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. German government says some 965,000 people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany between January and the end of November, though the process has been chaotic at times. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany’s been in the news a lot lately for it’s open door policy for refugees, but it’s a local company that’s helping the government with verifying their identities.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees purchased more than 1,000 of Crossmatch’s Guardian fingerprint scanners, according to a news release. The Palm Beach Gardens company supplies identity verification devices.

The scanners are deployed at more than 36 field offices where refugees are fingerprinted and asylum applications are processed. Since many of the immigrants arrive without a valid form of ID, the fingerprinting reduces fraud and helps prevent terrorists from entering the country under false pretenses, according to the release.

Refugees’ fingerprints are checked against the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ database to verify identities, improve tracking and ensure accurate disbursement of benefits, the release states.

Crossmatch CEO Richard Agostinelli said the European refugee crisis and Paris attacks highlight the need to validate identities of people crossing countries’ borders.

“At Crossmatch, we have a long history of delivering reliable, rapid capture enrollment and authentication solutions…” he said.

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