Facial recognition biometrics meets gunshot detection

US-based companies Safety Dynamics and FaceFirst are working to integrate their two leading technologies, combining Safety Dynamics’ gunshot detection technology with FaceFirst’s facial recognition processor to identify a gunman’s identity in real-time.

Apr 19, 2012
By Paul Jacques
Chief Constable Jo Farrell

US-based companies Safety Dynamics and FaceFirst are working to integrate their two leading technologies, combining Safety Dynamics’ gunshot detection technology with FaceFirst’s facial recognition processor to identify a gunman’s identity in real-time.

Gun-shot detection is performed from ballistic signal sensors positioned within a fixed or mobile protected area. Under the combined system, when a gunshot is detected, Safety Dynamics’ ballistic acoustic sensors can immediately pinpoint the source of the shot and direct a high-resolution camera to zoom in on the exact location. The gunman’s face will be captured and FaceFirst’s biometrics processor will then compare the face against existing databases to determine identity or, if they are unknown, create a new facial record.

Also in the US, an increasing number of forces are planning to roll out MORIS™ (Mobile Offender Recognition and Identification System) smartphone scanners.

The portable biometric scanning device, developed by US-based BI2 Technologies, attaches to a smartphone. It is equipped with iris, fingerprint and face recognition technology and lets police officers take a snapshot of a suspect and upload it to a secure network to be analysed. If a biometric match is found, the identity, photo and background details of any suspect is transmitted back to the officer’s phone.

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