The Mobile Identifier–Instantaneous Mug Shots In Demand
A device from Neven Vision called Mobile Identifier is designed to help police officers identify criminals. The company asserts that its facial analysis software is the market leader in accuracy and enjoys identification rates of over 99% in mobile devices.
The Mobile Identifier software can be used to spot gang members, fugitives, and those wanted on warrants, and has been tested by the Los Angeles Police Department, which plans to soon launch a larger follow-up initiative.
The firm hopes to eventually offer three versions of the devices ranging from under $1,500 to $5,000. Officers operate the device by aiming its 1.3 megapixel lens towards a suspect; the device’s LED lighting is able to sufficiently illuminate suspects even in low light conditions. The image is compared to those in the Mobile Identifier’s database, after which the device displays nine pictures on its 3.5 inch display screen. Typically, the first or second picture yields a positively identified person.
The unit can connect to its onboard database when it is placed in its cradle and can also link to other databases through Bluetooth, USB, RS232, or 802.11g Wi-Fi.
But the facial recognition system might encounter difficulties when dealing with such changes as weight gain or loss, facial hair, sunglasses, aging, and different light conditions.
In addition to assessing mug shots, the device can also assess fingerprints; future versions may also be able to analyze irises and skin.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Police and Security News (06/06) Vol. 22, No. 3, P. 39; Siuru, Bill .