UMbRA stands for Unique Mission to Build Records and Arrests. Think of it as any web search engine, except a search engine that is focused only on people that have been arrested, convicted of a crime, or wanted by law enforcement for one. It allows you to run searches on faces as well as texts and is sourced 100% from law enforcement data.
With the amount of data out there on the Internet, when you run a general search on someone’s name to check their background, you’re not quite certain whether the data you get is authentic information or not.
A search engine works by showing you all available data on whoever you’ve run a search on. You have no idea if the information you’re looking for will be on page 1 or page 51 of the search. You’d have to double-check all of it to verify the sources of that information, make sure that person is the same person you’re looking for (complicated if you’re looking for someone with a fairly common name), and it is often a time-consuming process. It could take hours, if not days.
UMbRA only tracks records of arrests and convictions, in addition to different law enforcement-sourced lists, including and not limited to lists like most-wanted fugitive lists and sex offender registries. It tracks nothing else and no one else. It sources data only from U.S. city, county, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement, in addition to international law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Additionally, it will give you an answer in seconds, or in near-operational real-time — when Mr. or Ms. X is standing in front of you, or you know where he or she or they are. Because UMbRA doesn’t use any data not sourced from law enforcement, there’s no ambiguity about this information, it’s already verified.
In addition, if you have a face, and not a name, UMbRA allows you to upload a photograph of Mr. X and run that image against our database of millions, to check whether someone with Mr. X’s likeness is among the arrest, conviction or wanted data we currently have.
UMbRA allows you to run text or image (facial recognition) scans against that 100% law enforcement database, in near real time, from across state lines. Why is this needed? Because crime and criminals travel across county, state, and country boundaries, information doesn’t always travel, and you, as a security or surveillance professional, or an investigator, do not always have easy access to other jurisdictional information databases in real-time.
UMbRA, on the other hand, is available as a simple online search engine, and a mobile app. You can click a picture of Mr. X from your phone and immediately run a search on that picture. Or you can run a search on a name, see what options you get, and quickly sift through those options.
It helps you know whether someone is actually who they say they are, it helps you know if you’re walking into a situation where the person you’re meeting or tailing has a violent past, and it could help you know if someone you’re looking up is not the criminal you think they are.
You can sign up for UMbRA at: https://biometrica.com/product-category/umbra.
For more specifics on UMbRA as a product, on how facial recognition works, and on our database, please see the UMbRA FAQ at: https://support.biometrica.com/hc/en-us/sections/115000509473-FAQ.