TazTag and Integrated Biometrics have teamed up for the release of a new identity management and point-of-sale (PoS) system for law enforcement operations in developing areas. The system is called TazPoS, and according to the companies involved, should solve several problems inherent in areas such as North Africa, which will be the platform's initial launch region. Primarily, it will serve as a way for law enforcement officials to rapidly identify individuals they interact with. However, it goes further than that in that it has a PoS system built right in – which will allow individuals to pay any court fees or tickets when they receive them. That solves a problem inherent in developing locales, where a trip to the courthouse can involve days of travel away from work and family. According to TazTag president, Eric Fouchard, the overall goal of the devices is to bring essential services associated with law enforcement to the people on a mobile platform.
As for the hardware itself, the TazPoS uses Integrated Biometrics' Columbo FAP 30 scanner technology, which is a light-emitting sensor. That's another bonus for the initial launch market since it operates well under circumstances where dust and water present challenges for other scanner technologies. Integrated Biometrics' systems have even been used within the F.B.I. for fingerprint enrollment and scanning. In the case of TazPoS, the devices are also helped along in rough environments thanks to the hardware's IP64 ruggedized certification and are designed to be lightweight – making them easy to carry and handle. That's in addition to a secondary focus on efficiency so that they can work reliably for hours on end without needing a charge so that operations requiring the device can be conducted in locations where getting access to power can present problems of its own a much easier undertaking.
Following demonstrations of the device's capabilities, which took place at the GITEX Technology exhibition in Dubai, the companies also plan to release TazPoS systems internationally, including variations on the initial platform to help the company fill more niches. Those variations will include those made specifically for point-of-sale services, military uses, and identification purposes. However, there has been no timeline provided for when wider distribution would occur or where exactly the company plans to hit the market next.