Cobb Jail Uses 3-D Photos To Id Inmates
Cobb County, Ga., is using a new image database system to create 3-D representations of those held in the local jail. The system, which has cost the county roughly $35,000, could be the only one of its kind in the United States.
Sgt. Temetris Atkins, who handles booking at the jail, said the technology will not save officers time, but will help prevent mistakes in the release of inmates.
The system produces a 3-D image of inmates by taking two photos simultaneously. Developer Geometrix envisions the technology eventually becoming part of most police departments’ booking operations.
James M. Gault of AWT said the technology has outperformed facial recognition systems similar to those used during the 2000 Super Bowl.
Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said the 3-D booking and release ID system represents “just one more layer of security to help us avoid releasing the wrong person.” The likenesses of over 14,000 people booked into the jail have been recorded by the system since April.
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