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Dutch police use Safran facial recognition technology to help identify suspects


Safran Identity and Security has provided a facial recognition solution to the Netherlands police, building on the biometric identification services the company has previously delivered.

The original system provides search, analysis and matching services for fingerprints and palm prints. The new, nationwide facial recognition system, which consists of workstations for facial search, comparison and analysis, was recently launched at the National Forensic Service Centre.

Dutch police officers can now submit a facial image for search against their databases, saving both time and resources.

“It’s important for the public to understand that the automated search provided by the system is only the first step in finding a match for a face in a database,” said John Riemen, manager of the Netherlands National Criminal Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). “Possible matches are reviewed by two trained human experts, working independently. Simply stated, our system assesses and evaluates the similarity between the probe and candidate images. Only trained human examiners can provide an expert conclusion.”

The new facial recognition system delivers the key capabilities of MorphoBIS Face Expert and MorphoBIS Face Detective.

MorphoBIS Face Expert offers advanced investigation functions with forensic image analysis and comparison tools, while MorphoBIS Face Detective allows investigators to rapidly search for criminal portrait images and create photo line-ups for fast analysis.

Both programs accept multiple image file formats to maximize the full extent of the system’s image-search capabilities.

“Safran Identity and Security is honoured to further extend the long term, trusted partnership with the National Police of the Netherlands in delivering advanced biometric tools to maximize its investigation capabilities,” said Anne Bouverot, chair and CEO of Safran Identity and Security.

Previously reported, the French National Police are using Safran Identity & Security MVI solution (Morpho Video Investigator) to analyze large amounts of video in a short amount of time.

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