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Facial recognition symposium

Developing best practice in facial recognition was the focus of a symposium at the world police body Interpol’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

Bringing together some 90 figures from 40 countries, the two-day (October 6 and 7) meeting addressed such issues as the latest developments in forensic face comparison and automated recognition systems; and the use of facial recognition to identify child sexual abuse victims from images found online.

Delegates were updated on INTERPOL’s facial recognition initiatives as part of its forensic capability development, including the development of a database using facial images of international fugitives and missing persons. Supported by the French product manufacturer Morpho, once the database is online, it can be connected to member countries to enhance identification possibilities, the police body says.

Plans for Interpol to make selected facial images available within mobile devices to assist operations and investigations by police in the field were also outlined. This would enable front-line officers to carry out facial recognition checks in real time against specific watch lists including for foreign terrorist fighters and internationally wanted persons. It would also support Interpol’s international border management task-force by checking the identity of individuals using a photograph from documents such as passports.

Picure by Mark Rowe; graffiti, Bristol Temple Meads


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