10/15/2007

New Zealand police use face-matching software

By Tom Puller-Strecker  
The Dominion Post
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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — The police have bought software that will let them automatically match faces caught on CCTV cameras against photographs of convicted criminals.

Applications manager Ian Smith says the "normal rules surrounding gathering of evidence of a crime" will decide when the technology will be used.

The face-matching software will only work if cameras capture images that are of sufficient quality and from the right angle to match against photographs in its database, he says.

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