Saturday, 16 April 2011

Could New 'Super Glasses' Save Brazilian Police?

With the 2014 World Cup on the horizon, the development of improved security methods for Brazilian officials is at the top of the agenda. Thanks to the arrival of new 'Robo-cop style' glasses with scanning capabilities, Police forces may be able to identify criminals quicker than ever before. Reports state the fitted camera is able to analyze 46,000 biometric points on up to 400 faces per second, which could prove vital in the fight against crime.

Major Leandro Pavani Agostini, of Sao Paulo's Military Police, pointed out one of the reasons why the technology may prove to be so key in the apprehension of criminals, saying: "It's something discreet because you do not question the person or ask for documents. The computer does it."

"I can insert into the database a supporter who was involved in a brawl on the field and even with the old images, he can be located in the future," he added. 

The glasses can supposedly be used from a great distance. Statistics released to the media show that the glasses have a zoom function, meaning they can pinpoint an individual from up to 12 miles away. Police state the primary goal of the technology is to help scan faces in large crowds from a closer distance of approximately 50 metres.

There are still many unanswered questions associated with the glasses facial recognition ability. A user on Engadget had an interesting point with regards to face paint, writing: "For a criminal it would be enough just to paint his face like the rest of 10,000+ fans".

Will this technology prove itself during the events set for 2014? It will be interesting to see how the technology develops and whether it will be as effective as the Police force say.


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