Police in the US are using an iPhone app to take photos of suspects and instantly compares them with a criminal database.
The app employs biometric information such as facial recognition software to help police identify suspects within seconds.
Known as MORIS (Mobile Offender Recognition and Identification System), the system lets police officers take a photo of a suspect, upload it into a secure network where it is then analysed.
The system itself has been around for a number of years
If a biometric match is made, the identity, photo and background information about the suspect is transmitted back to the police officer’s iPhone and displayed.
The app will be used by the gang unit at Brockton police in Massachusetts at first although if it is a success it will be taken on by other parts of the force.
‘This is something the officers can access when they are out on the road,’ Police Chief William Conlon said.
iris and fingerprint identification applications are expected to be added in time.
By James Slack
CCTV cameras [software] which can ‘predict’ if a crime is about to take place are being introduced on Britain’s streets.
The cameras can alert operators to suspicious behaviour, such as loitering and unusually slow walking. Anyone spotted could then have to explain their behaviour to a police officer.
There are already 4.2million cameras trained on the public. The technology could be used alongside many of these to allow evermore advanced scrutiny of our movements.
Computers are programmed to analyse the movements of people or vehicles in the camera frame.