Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gardai unveil new facial recognition software to identify suspects in serious crimes

An EvoFIT screenshot example.
An EvoFIT screenshot example.

Sam Griffin

GARDAI have unveiled new facial recognition software to identify suspects in serious crimes.

The new system is called Evo-FIT and is already being used by 16 police services in the UK.

Two suspects have already been identified since the system was launched three weeks ago.

The software is different from the old CD fit system as it uses the recognition memory of witnesses rather than recall memory.

The witness is asked to remember the face as a whole and is then presented with a series of faces which resemble what they saw.

The programme has a series of 'holistic' tools which can augment the face in a range of ways includung making it older, younger, of different complexion etc

A composite image is then created of the face and can be circulated with the force or sent to media outlets to try locate the suspect.

So far six detectives are trained with the technology. The officers can travel to stations around the country to meet with victims to compile the image. It can also be done in victims' homes or if someone has been hospitalised following a crime.

Gardai say the rate of identifying suspects within one police service in the UK jumped from 14pc to 74pc following the introduction of the new technology.

Speaking this morning in Garda headquarters, Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said the new system was part of continuing enhancements in the force.

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