Doug Bedell — October 14, 2011, 8:25 pm

FBI Readies Facial Recognition System

The FBI is getting ready to launch, by mid-January, a facial recognition system, reports. We can envision such a system occasionally helping security officials to identify suspicious individuals who come within range of perimeter cameras.

Here’s how the system will work, Nextgov advises: “Today, an agent would have to already know the name of an individual to pull up the suspect’s mug shot from among the 10 million shots stored in the bureau’s existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification
System. Using the new Next-Generation Identification system that isĀ under development, law enforcement analysts will be able to upload a photo of an unknown person, choose a desired number of resultsĀ from two to 50 mug shots; and, within 15 minutes, receive identified
mugs to inspect for potential matches. Users typically will request 20 candidates, Megna said. The service does not provide a direct match.”

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