Mass. Police Using Biometric Facial Recognition iPhone App

morisThe unstoppable iPhone: I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that even the cops are taking advantage of it’s amazing array of apps. Story from the Daily Mail:

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 but this is the first time the iPhone’s unique combination of easy interface and high-end capability have been used by the police in this way.

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. It will eventually be used by 28 police departments and 14 sheriff departments in the state…

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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  • Juggalojesse2000

    whos to say that police wont use this outside their jurisdiction? like for their own ends and not on for their job… privacy is no more.

    • xyzzy

      Get a grip…

      The article states the photo is compared against a criminal database.

      Will this expand in the future? Sure but thats a bigger issue and involves more then law enforcement.

  • Juggalojesse2000

    whos to say that police wont use this outside their jurisdiction? like for their own ends and not on for their job… privacy is no more.

  • xyzzy

    Get a grip…

    The article states the photo is compared against a criminal database.

    Will this expand in the future? Sure but thats a bigger issue and involves more then law enforcement.

  • Cinderellasmart10

    Then we will develope devices to fight back like living in a cabin in the woods, no phone, no car, no computer, nothing to TRACK.

  • Cinderellasmart10

    Then we will develope devices to fight back like living in a cabin in the woods, no phone, no car, no computer, nothing to TRACK.

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