Ditch the hat and scarf – it’s not fooling anyone. Face recognition software can now see through your cunning disguise – even you are wearing a mask. Continue reading
Six years in the making a powerful new facial recognition system has gone live in America. Called “Next Generation Identification” (NGI) the program allows numerous organisations, including those in the intelligence community to quickly and more accurately compare and examine photographic data. By 2015, the database is expected to house over 50 million images from suspected terrorists, villains, government employees and also… those employed in the dark arts. As well as facial (biometrics) and body language data, the lightning-fast system can also cross reference data of millions of fingerprints, body markings, scars, piercings, tattoos and even hair colouring. Two elements of NGI include Rap Back and the Interstate Photo System (IPS). Rap Back will provide on-going notices about an individual, while IPS is the provider of facial photo data.
Police in the UK have become one of the first major police forces to deploy automated facial recognition technology to catch criminals. The British police will be using NEC’s NeoFace technology, which can match faces from crime scene photos or videos against a database of images in just a few seconds. Combined with the highest density of CCTV cameras of any country in the world, police body-worn cameras that are constantly recording, and a CSI-like smartphone and tablet app that allows for face and fingerprint matching in the field, it is rather hard to be a criminal in the UK nowadays.