With the second wave of globalization, bourges and countries lowered their fortifications and demolished their fortresses, for the echoes of the Industrial Revolution’s footsteps taught them that fortifications were more limitations than shields. At their best, some form of prudish, and metaphorically parental protection. Alliteration intended. Concrete atmospheres of microworlds; microworlds that were incapable to contain new aspirations. However, if we were to liken countries with millions of lives moving and whimpering on them everyday, and with hundreds of institutions with narrowly defined functions to a living organism, lowering the walls meant only that the protective wear was taken off, it was in no way a denial of the need for security. But it was an assertion about the evolution of that need. The main ingredient of successful innovation is to be fully present in and aware of the evolution of the need, and aspire to create both the fittest adaptations and the next evolutionary phase.
Focusing on the evolution of the need for security, it could be said that in this age when international trade and cultural alliances serve as the main artery of the global economy, reservations need to be translucent and security practices need to be purged off any accusative implications or framing. In other words, the main constituent of security needs to be data instead of bricks, so-called “random searches”, or reductive “profiles”. Especially in countries like Turkey, where tourism is one of the pillars of national economy, both domestic and border security must be maintained in a way that does not disturb tourists or low-risk members of the society, and does not deter the country from giving its visitors a warm welcome. Precisely due to this need of balance, new age security systems must be constructed upon personal data rather than traditional systems that antagonize non-citizens. Such systems frame the concept of threat with xenophobic undertones, and confine the idea outside the borders, most of the time to the expense of endangering the lives of citizens and completely harmless non-citizens. Thus, leaning on knowledge rather than doubt and paranoia is a healthier and more efficient way of ensuring security. However, in order to maximize said efficiency, innovators in the defense sector must be aware of “counter-innovations”. Contrary to the mainstream thinking, innovation is not a term trademarked by the sector. Everything we see around, every concept, practice, and idea is destined to bath in the river of innovation, including parenthood, friendship and, inevitably, crime.
APFIS keeps coded finger and palm prints on RAM, enabling all inquiry results to be returned in maximum four seconds, regardless of the volume of saved data and inquiries. This converts to a speed ten times of the sectoral average. Another factor in ensuring this speed is APFIS’ use of multiple matchers instead of using a queue system. This feature allows many requests coming from hundreds of terminals to be run without delay, and it is possible to think of these matchers as a third eye or lung.
The completeness and operational homeostasis provided by APFIS is not limited to high quality scanners and unmatchable speed. In addition to coded prints kept in RAM, APFIS retains complementary personal and demographic information, and photographs on external discs that could be integrated with ten prints or latent prints, thus contextualizing the biometric data harvested from individuals and saving time in criminal and missing person cases. It does not take time to bring these pieces of information together as each data set is categorized by document type and the context in which the prints are taken. All these qualities make APFIS the sum of a vast library with a superior cataloging system, a skilled librarian, and a wise person who knows where to look.
APFIS is our way of asserting that the new age security solutions need to be fast, easily customizable, expandable, transformable, and sustainable to meet the needs of a constantly changing societal structures. Our system stresses the natural circulation of life and time over fear with its momentous transformation inspired by the playful zeitgeist of our century. It is produced with the aim to establish biometrics-based security systems as a natural component of life in our time rather than an alien and doubtful component of technology. This visionary design protects APFIS against the dangers of becoming outdated and inefficient with time. APFIS is produced by a team that knows well experience and knowledge, a habitual prowess and constant renewal are inseparable from each other. This awareness makes APFIS up-to-date, transparent, and trustworthy in an age whose protagonist is creativity and observation rather than physical or monetary power. This is the story of APFIS bundled in an exploration into effective innovation. This is a biography of a well-developed product. The next installment of this discussion will follow an inductive path and delve into the bittersweet history of the principles outlined and exemplified in this discussion.