Brazilian Police To Use Facial Recognition Glasses To Spot Criminals... But Does It Even Work?

from the ah,-details dept

Apparently Brazilian police are investing in a system of Robocop-style glasses that will allow the police to scan crowds of people with the glasses, and have a small camera spot known criminals. That's the theory. What's surprising to me is that no one in the article seems to question whether or not this technology actually works. We've been hearing a lot about facial recognition technology over the years, especially for situations like this. Yet, every time we hear about tests of public camera systems with facial recognition, it later turns out that they're close to useless. Multiple places that have installed such cameras later took them down after they failed to (legitimately) spot any criminals. Now, many of those stories are a few years old, and the technology has improved... but until there's actual evidence that a system like this can actually work (especially in a miniaturized glasses setup), it seems that skepticism should rule the day.

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    Richard (profile), 21 Apr 2011 @ 8:26am

    Re: Re: Yep got two of them!

    and - electronic systems are , of course, immune from errors -

    No the problem with tech solutions is that they throw up errors that are incomprehensible to those who operate the equipment - therefore they tend to carry on regardless ("computer says no"). We need to stick to good old fashion systems until the low level operatives are sufficiently educated to understand the equipment they operate.

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