New face recognition system to ID suspects faster
GARDAI have a new weapon in the fight against crime that will help identify suspects more rapidly and effectively.
The 'Evo-FIT' high-tech face recognition system will have a big impact on nabbing criminals, officers believe.
A British police force's success in identifying suspects jumped from 14pc to 74pc when it was brought in there.
"Already, the new system is getting results in Ireland since we started using it in January," said Detective Sergeant Paul Curran of the garda photographic section.
The Evo-FIT system differs from the previous CD-Fit face recognition system because it uses the recognition of a witness rather than the recall memory. This means the witness no longer has to try to recall features like nose and mouth but, instead, can look through a series of computer generated changes to faces until it resembles a suspect.
The new system was demonstrated for the media at headquarters today in the presence of Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Detective Superintendent John Nolan of the Technical Bureau.
"It will be an invaluable investigative tool," said Commissioner O'Sullivan (above).
"It will also help victims of crime by making the identification process easier and simpler," she added.