NYC to deploy facial recognition technology, license plate readers

New York City will soon deploy facial recognition software and equipment to track all drivers and passengers entering and leaving the city, as well as where cabs and ride-hailing services pick up and drop off customers, according to a report by CNBC. “At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment,” reads the New York State’s website. “These

Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software

The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video. The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface. “Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

Mumbai Police fingerprint database to be operational this month

The Mumbai Police announced that its fingerprint database, which is used by several law enforcement agencies in multiple countries, will be operational in late January, according to a report by The Hindu. The move follows the Mumbai Police’s implementation of several high-tech security measures, which included configuring a central server for all inter-departmental communication and citywide CCTV camera coverage. This latest initiative is designed to accelerate the identity authorization process of arrested individuals and suspects, where they will be entered

Dutch police using facial recognition to identify suspects

Earlier this month, Dutch police began using facial recognition technology to track suspects, comparing surveillance camera footage with a massive database containing images of people with criminal records according to a report by NL Times. The database currently has more than 800,000 faces of convicted felons, as well as suspects who have not yet been convicted. Individuals will be entered into the database if they are arrested for a crime that has a prison sentence of at least one year,

German state police department to use Crossmatch palm scanners

Crossmatch announced that its German partner and technology integrator Hecosys will provide Crossmatch livescan devices for the Polizei Niedersachsen, which is the State Police Department of Lower Saxony in Germany. All livescan booking stations will be equipped with the latest Crossmatch L Scan 500 palm scanners, allowing personnel to capture high quality fingerprint and palm print images. “The Polizei Niedersachsen has had great success with Crossmatch solutions over the past 10 years, so we are happy to continue our relationship

Sighthound cloud-based AI vehicle detection solution features facial recognition

Sighthound, Inc. released a new AI-based vehicle detection and recognition engine for its Sighthound Cloud API service, which can analyze an image and return the make, model, and color of the vehicle using its proprietary deeply learned computer vision algorithms. The vehicle recognizer complements an existing set of APIs that are currently available to developers through the Sighthound Cloud service including person, face, gender, age, and facial landmark detectors as well as the industry’s leading facial recognition API. “As the

Finnish police reviewing constitutionality and cost of implementing facial recognition

A working group with Finland’s National Police Board is reviewing the constitutionality and cost of implementing a facial recognition system to help them more easily identify people from the large number of images that its surveillance camera network provides. According to a report in YLE, police currently monitor their country-wide surveillance cameras in cities, roadways and towns every day and when a crime is committed, police must pore through hundreds of images manually and watch hours of real time video

Home Office to fund UK police’s joint forensics and biometrics program

The UK’s Home Office announced it will provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and biometrics program, as well as a national data analytics focus, according to a report by Government Computing. The funding, which was allotted in the 2015 Spending Review to help boost law enforcement technology use, will help the projects gain stronger traction for a more collaborative

French National Police using Safran’s Morpho Video Investigator solution

Safran Identity & Security announced today that the French National Police are using its MVI solution (Morpho Video Investigator) to analyze large amounts of video in a short amount of time. MVI was created by Safran and is the result of adding powerful video analysis functions (including motion detection and license plate detection) to the company’s facial recognition software. The integrated algorithms process raw video files and then detect important visual sequences before flagging them up for analysis. This system