Fla. county looks to IBM facial recognition to keep sex offenders away from kids

The Miami-Dade County in Florida is set to test a facial recognition system from IBM in attempt to keep sex offenders out of public parks.

The project is set to begin in the next two months and aims to catch convicted sex offenders approaching a range of public spaces where children are likely to be found.  Reported in the Wall Street Journal, the county’s CIO, Angel Petisco said the system will likely be expanded to more regional locations by the end of the year, provided the test is a success.

The county is also considering other uses for recognition technology, outside of catching sex offenders in places they shouldn’t be.

Miami-Dade isn’t the first community to turn to facial recognition for keeping tabs on convicted sex offenders.

Reported previously, the Iowa Department of Public Safety has equipped every Iowa Sherriff’s department with facial recognition software to digitize the mugshots of sex offenders in the state.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $1 million grant for the creation of a biometric sex offender registry.

Facial recognition, as a whole, is gaining traction and also, public support.

Also, 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.

In fact, according to a recently-published research report, the global facial recognition market is estimated to grow from $1.92 billion in 2013 to $6.5 billion in 2018, at an impressive CAGR of 27.7%.

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3 Replies to “Fla. county looks to IBM facial recognition to keep sex offenders away from kids”

  1. Once again someone comes up with a scheme focusing on the wrong thing.
    Once again someone finds a way to make a buck or three by latching onto the sex offender industry.
    Once again, children who are currently being sexually molested and will be in the future are ignored while the world chases after the bogey-man sex offender.

  2. Absolutely INSANE!!! Guess what year it is if your on the registry…1984. And everyone else will be joining them there if this is allowed to continue.

    [quote]
    Also, 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.[/quote]

    They’ll be singing a different tune once all that technology is turned against them, which it will be. Personally I think that poll and those statistics are BS. After all the public outrage when the NSA’s surveillance program was exposed your trying to tell me that the majority of society supports expanded surveillance??? I’m thinking those participating in the poll must either have been to scared to say how they really feel or they have been brainwashed by all the propaganda our government and media has been spewing…”If it saves just one child”…”It’s urgent, it’s an emergency. We must pass this law now and implement this technology now… blah blah blah”

    “Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded” – F.A. Hayek

    [quote]In fact, according to a recently-published research report, the global facial recognition market is estimated to grow from $1.92 billion in 2013 to $6.5 billion in 2018, at an impressive CAGR of 27.7%[/quote]

    Guess it all comes down to the bottom line both literally and figuratively. This bottom line of the article tells us that it’s… well….all about the bottom line. $$$

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