New biometric testing device hits the road in Pennsylvania

| 5/24/2006

It’s not quite “Big Brother,” but the Pennsylvania State Police is adding a new high-tech monitoring and inspection device to its ranks.

According to a press release from BIO-key International Inc., the PSP Truck Inspection Unit, also known as MobileCop, features a finger-based biometric identification system and wireless connectivity, which will allow officers to access criminal and commercial vehicle databases while on the road.

Initially, 200 of the devices will be added to the state’s patrol vehicles, each of which will be able to communicate wirelessly with other databases and MobileCop units.

The Truck Inspection Unit will be used exclusively to check commercial vehicles driven in the state, and will be able to check drivers for compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Hazardous Material Regulations, as well as applicable state laws.