Finger and Palm Print Identification System – Korean National Police Agency

The police agency utilizes Altibase's hybrid database to cross-reference fresh data with historical data to apprehend criminals more quickly and accurately.

Use Case: Finger Print and Palm Print Identification System

Current Customers: Korean National Police Agency

Industry: Public


The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) handles all of South Korea’s policing. KNPA monitors, investigates and fights crime for over 51 million citizens.


KNPA needed to enhance its existing finger and palm print identification system. KNPA required a stable, highly available finger and palm print database that could process both real time and historical data.

  • The ability to narrow down suspects swiftly and with precision is a core function of KNPA.
  • The ability to utilize fresh finger and palm prints at the scene of the crime and couple that information with historical print data is critical for positive apprehension.
  • This essential requirement necessitated an upgrade of KNPA’s existing database system.
  • Due to high volumes of finger and palm print image traffic, KNPA did not have real time access to all data with complete transparency nationwide.
  • KNPA sought a database solution that could handle real time finger and palm print data from the scene of the crime that could simultaneously draw on historical data to match identities, narrow down suspects and ultimately capture criminals.
  • KNPA required a database solution that offered superior technical support 24/7.
  • KNPA required non-stop service and unfaltering reliability that was supported by a resilient database with strong fail-safe capabilities.
  • Data integrity, zero downtime and zero latency were prerequisites of KNPA’s new database system.


KNPA has adopted Altibase in its various core systems since 2012.

  • Altibase’s hybrid architecture, combining the power of real time speed with massive storage capacity, was the perfect solution for cross-referencing historical finger and palm prints with live ones that occur at the scene of the crime – all to home in on suspects quickly and accurately.
  • With Altibase’s technical support, KNPA deployed Altibase quickly and without issues.
  • Altibase’s replication feature allowed KNPA to back up its data using TCP/IP to servers located at KNPA’s headquarters in Seoul.
  • Altibase’s technical support provided the necessary APIs to migrate KNPA’s existing applications to the new system.
  • According to KNPA, it chose Altibase because of its proven capability to provide stability, storage capacity and speed in a single solution.


  • KNPA has the system performance to cross-reference historical finger and palm prints with those found at the scene of the crime in real time.
  • Altibase has been able to reduce KNPA’s required system resources, resulting in lower TCO.
  • KNPA has subsequently deployed Altibase in various other core systems to further fight crime.
  • Altibase’s built-in replication has enabled KNPA to provide its services spanning from headquarters to local police offices across the nation.
  • Altibase’s prompt technical support has enabled KNPA to adopt advanced functions and further deployments without difficulties.
  • Altibase’s built-in replication feature has provided KNPA with non-stop service and unfaltering reliability with strong fail-safe capabilities at no extra cost. Other DBMS vendors charge customers separate fees for replication functionality.



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