Global database under construction to identify missing people faster: Interpol

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The Interpol is constructing a global database for faster identification of people missing or killed in natural or man-made disasters, in collaboration with five European partners, the Lyon-based organization said on Friday.

The Fast and Efficient International Disaster Victim Identification (FASTID) project was inspired by the Asian tsunami tragedy in 2004, the international police organization said.

Five institutes, including police centers, database company and university in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark, will provide personnel and technical support to the project, based on the Interpol's existing global protocols and database.

"The FASTID project is aimed at providing a 'one stop shop' for teams in the field either responding to a disaster or national police trying to locate a missing person," the organization said in a statement.

"After a major tragedy, such as the Asian tsunami, it is vital . .. to ensure the fast and efficient identification of victims so that they can be repatriated as quickly as possible," Peter Ambs, the Interpol's FASTID project leader said.

The new project will be helpful for both day to day policing and those responding to disasters via the Interpol's global network, Ambs added.

The FASTID project is developing image retrieval methods combining computerized system and forensic information, and some advanced identifying methods beyond traditional means of fingerprints, dental and DNA information.

Created in 1923, the Interpol is now composed of 188 member countries, making it the largest international police organization.

Source: Xinhua


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