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System Architecture
Remote Stations "Bulk" Input Technology

Interaction with External Information Systems (POLYPHEM Software)

Optimal Layout of AFIS/APIS Implementation


Due to its modular design, PAPILLON AFIS can be easily scaled and adapted to any customer-specific requirements – from small laptop-based applications to nationwide, geographically-distributed installations implementing the ‘Central Site + remote stations’ concept.

The server software runs under the Linux operating system. Developed with the Qt widget toolkit, the client software is designed as a cross-platform application to be run on both Linux and Windows. UTF-8 is used as a default character encoding which makes the localization to other languages fast and easier, avoiding the need of code page switching.

In large-scale systems, the server’s jobs such as data acceptance and storage, searches and communication are distributed between:

  • Main AFIS server and matchers
  • Data storage subsystem
  • Communication server
  • Express ID check server and matchers

In case of a system with modest throughput requirements, the server’s functions can be distributed among workstations.

The data storage subsystem comprises a requisite number of disk storage units and an Oracle server which is used to extract demographic data from the AFIS database and to keep them in a separate database that is open for interacting with external SQL systems over web browsers.

PAPILLON AFIS is available in a wide variety of hardware configurations, depending on a rated database size, expected throughput capacity and the number of remote terminals that will communicate with the AFIS to request services.

When designing new projects, only most reliable equipment produced by reputed manufacturers and the latest achievements in data storage, information security and process control are used.

Twenty-four-hour unattended operation is made possible owing to the fault-tolerant technologies which allow for redundancy of critical components and enable automatic data backup.

PAPILLON’s backup strategy ensures automatic recovery of databases and search results after any event of data loss and in cases of emergency including power blackouts.

PAPILLON AFIS/APIS Regional Typology


PAPILLON AFIS supports connectivity via secured TCP/IP networks with:

  • Remote PAPILLON AFIS workstations and systems capable of maintaining their local databases and transmitting data to central AFIS for matching
  • PAPILLON-M mobile versatile professional complexes
  • PAPILLON MDS-45c multifunction livescan stations
  • Stationary or mobile terminals for fingerprint enrollment and express ID checks
  • Portable handheld terminals for rapid identification by flat or rolled finger impressions (PAPILON DPP-6p, PAPILLON DPP-7)
  • Mobile devices for in-the-field identification of latent prints
  • Fingerprint systems of other vendors to exchange data in ANSI/NIST format


Interaction with External Information Systems (Polyphem Software)

Information resources of PAPILLON AFIS can be accessed through the use of Polyphem application.

Polyphem performs three main functions::

  • Downloading of text information from PAPILLON AFIS to Oracle database
  • Automatic synchronization of Oracle database with PAPILLON AFIS database
  • Retrieval of information stored in Oracle database.

Information downloaded with Polyphem includes:

  • Demographic and other considerable text information available on tenprints
  • Administrative and forensic text information related to latents
  • Lists of hits and duplicates

Beside alphanumeric data, Polyphem supports downloading of images to Oracle upon request (e.g. front and profile facial photos).

Both the Polyphem software and the Polyphem database are installed on a dedicated Oracle server communicating with the AFIS server on a LAN network.

A workstation used for downloading data from AFIS to Polyphem must have a client Oracle software installed.


"Bulk" Input Technology

When implementing an AFIS, the customer may hit a bottleneck – the necessity to convert a great number of paper tenprints accumulated for years into electronic format. It is a rather costly task that requires mobilization of enormous manpower and technical resources.

PAPILLON has developed, and now successfully uses, the stream scanning technology which allows a ‘bulk’ conversion of paper tenprints to electronic format. This bulk entry technology has allowed the PAPILLON company within the shortest time to convert 50 million tenprint cards into a computerized fingerprint data bank at the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

The breakthrough ‘bulk input’ technology brings advantages to PAPILLON AFIS customers from the very first days after installation, because the systems are put into operation with ready-made databases and candidate lists produced at the time of conversion.

PAPILLON Database Creation Department


Optimal Layout of AFIS/APIS Implementation

  • Conversion of all paper finger and palm print collections to electronic format using the ‘bulk entry’ technique. All tenprints can be scanned at the customer’s site without withdrawing them from the agency’s regular operation. Alternatively, the print collection may be brought to the PAPILLON premises in Miass for conversion.
  • Turnkey implementation of the AFIS/APIS at the customer’s site, including all actions of precommissioning, electrical mounting and installation of air-conditioning system.
  • Acceptance testing
  • Training of personal at the Papillon Training Center or on the customer’s site
  • Warranty maintenance


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