Animetrics unveils cloud-based facial recognition subscription service

May 8, 2013 - 

Animetrics has announced the availability of ID-Ready, a subscription-based service for smaller law enforcement agencies.

According to the company, the new services takes a grainy, partial view, angulated 2D facial image, applies 2D-to-3D algorithms and corrects the pose of the face, so that facial recognition is possible.

“ID Ready essentially takes a bad images and makes a mugshot out of it,” Paul Schuepp, Animetrics CEO said.

The new system works as law enforcement personnel upload a 2D photo to Animetrics servers and the ID Ready system applies facial feature point detection to find the face and specify the parts. Animetrics says ID Ready automatically eliminates any occlusions by using a proprietary symmetric blending algorithm. Once the pose correction and processing is complete, users can download the images to be used in a facial recognition system. Images uploaded to the system are automatically deleted within two hours as are all 3D generated face files.

Geared towards smaller agencies, Animetrics is offering three pricing tiers for this new service: pay-as-you-go, monthly, and pre-paid.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, facial recognition is actively being deployed and being used by law enforcement agencies and the public is warming up to the technology. According to a recent CNN/Time/Orc poll, 79% of Americans are in favor of using facial recognition at various locations and public events, and 81% support expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places.

BiometricUpdate.com recently explored the use of facial recognition to identify the Boston bombers and discussed the technologies benefits and limitations in identifying a suspect, though it has since been reported the technology did not play a role in identifying the Tsarnaev brothers, the two accused of carrying out the bombing.

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