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South Australian Police to invest $1.5 million in facial recognition mobile app


The South Australian Police will invest $1.5 million on facial recognition technology that will enable officers to scan images of suspected offenders against their existing databases, either from a mobile device or desktop computer, according to a report by IT News for Australian Business.

The investment is part of an initiative in the South Australian government’s 2014 state budget that allocates $1.5 million over four years for the police to implement a complete facial recognition system across the state.

The SA Police are currently seeking an off-the-shelf solution with a proven track record that will enable police officers to access from their police-issued Android smartphones and Windows mobile devices.

According to the tender documents, the SA Police is looking to secure a mobile application “that enables an officer to select, capture and submit images to the facial recognition technology for matching purposes and returns the results to the requesting Mobile Device via the 3G/4G network,” as well as from a desktop PC.

The documents also specify that the “SAPOL are seeking to deploy facial recognition capabilities to forensic, investigative and front-line policing operations, in order to enable verification, identification, and watch-list search and match functions both in-house and in-the-field via mobile devices.”

The police force said it aims to secure the same price rate with the successful bidder to make available to all other law enforcement agencies in Australia.

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