Police in the United Kingdom have started testing out a new type of facial recognition software that they hope will transform how criminals are tracked. Dubbed NeoFace, Leicestershire police apparently spent two months evaluating the programme, which works by comparing measurements between key facial features.
"We’re very proud to be the first UK Police force to evaluate this new system," said Chief Inspetor Chris Cockerill. "Initial results have been very promising and we’re looking forward to seeing what can be achieved throughout the six month trial."
Announced by NEC last year, NeoFace’s advanced facial processing and matching algorithms achieved the highest ranking in accurate tests carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NeoFace product suite includes NeoFace Reveal (forensics), NeoFace Watch (security), NeoFace Smart ID (for IDing people in the field), and NeoFace Match (for integration with existing identification solutions).
Though the police force has already put about two hundred suspects through the system with a high success rate for identification, the results can’t actually be used as evidence in court.