August 23, 2013 -
NXT-ID’s subsidiary, 3D-ID has just initiated a pilot program with the Palm Bay, FL Police Department to evaluate its 3D FaceMatch facial recognition identification system.
According to the company, the FaceMatch system senses shapes by analyzing up to a million points on a face without projected patterns or lasers. This shape information is compressed into a 3D biometic template and is then compared to other templates stored in a database. Unlike a 2D system, the company maintains that FaceMatch is more tolerant of facial obstructions and issues with pose.
NXT-ID acquired 3D-ID last year for an undisclosed amount.
The Palm Bay Police Department is presently using the system to enroll inmates into local detention centers, and then verify their identity upon release, as there have been recent instances of inmates stealing identities and being inadvertently released.
This pilot program is expected to be expanded to include more law enforcement agencies and through the company’s BioCloud, incorporate more identification information.
Florida’s Palm Bay Police Department seems eager to partner with biometric companies. Last year, the department announced a partnership with IntegenX, to use its Rapid DNA profiling system.
As we reported last week, NXT-ID debuted on the OTCQB stock market under the symbol NXTD. The company went through an S1 self-registration and has received funding from Connecticut Innovations, the state’s quasi-public authority focused on growing local businesses.