State of the art facial recognition
The most significant development in crime prevention and detection since Sir Alec Jeffreys developed a DNA profiling process in late 1984, and perhaps the most important tool in our armoury.
What we do
Working with partners we can identify individuals from photographs and video footage bringing verification to an investigation, often the first step on an evidence trail leading to a successful outcome.
‘Verifying who you come into contact with, is the first step in helping you make informed decisions or about future interactions or assisting us in an investigation due diligence or recovery process’. (The Board, IYE)
The technology greatly improves the ability to identify an individual. At the simple end, a facial recognition system connected to a network of cameras can automatically track an individual as they move in and out of coverage, even if no other information is known about them. At the more complex end, a facial recognition system fuelled by a large database of labelled data can enable our partner authorities to pinpoint a person of interest across a city of networked cameras.
Companies such as the US surveillance provider Clearview AI, have built up enormous databases containing more than 3bn labelled faces by scraping Facebook and other social media sites.