The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Maine has invested in facial recognition technology to uncover possible scofflaws, reports The Portland Press Herald.
The county bought a facial recognition software system from Dynamic Imaging Systems that will enable them to take photos of suspects and compare them to a database of inmates’ photos to see if that person has previously served prison time. The hope is to catch perpetrators who are trying to avoid arrest warrants or other legal snafus.
The system maps a person’s face and converts non-changing characteristics, such as eye size and proximity to the nose, to a numerical composite. The results require human analysis to fully determine whether or not there is a match.
The county invested $35,000 in the system.
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