Saturday, January 12, 2008

Police to look for terrorist suspects in 3-D

Tokyo plans to set up three-dimensional cameras across the city to pinpoint terrorist suspects, a local official said Friday. Tokyo will launch joint research among police, companies and universities to develop the facial recognition system ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which the metropolis is bidding to host, the official said.
Under the system, cameras would be installed throughout the city at train stations, commercial hubs and other key points.
The system would be the first to transform pictures instantly into 3-D, which would then be compared in real-time to images of suspects on wanted lists, the official said.
In the event of a match, police would be immediately notified.
The current system "only has two-dimensional images and cameras can't match them to real faces when viewing them diagonally or at different angles," said the official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
The new system is expected to cost around 110 million yen and will be tested for the first time in 2010, the official said.