MorphoTrak (a U.S.-based Morpho (Safran) company) has announced that its MorphoFace Investigate facial recognition system is going to be integrated in all Hawaii counties. Hosted by the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, the system is used by the Honolulu Police Department to track down suspects in police investigations, providing a database of over 450 000 images.
MorphoTrak technology has performed very well in tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the company says its facial recognition technology can provide accurate identification even with low-resolution images. In a press release, MorphoTrak asserted that its MorphoFace Investigate platform has already “enabled the Honolulu Police Department to identify previously unknown criminal suspects and homicide victims,” and CEO Celeste Thomasson said that the “Honolulu Police Department’s successful use and statewide expansion is a tribute to their advanced work with this important technology.”
Biometric technology is increasingly finding its way into police arsenals, whether in the form of fingerprint scanning, voice biometrics or facial recognition software, as in this case. Recently, FindBiometrics reported on a new partnership between voiceprint biometrics company AGNITiO and Morpho that will see the former’s Voice iD technology bolstering the company’s Criminal Justice Suite.
January 28, 2015 – by Alex Perala