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6 January 1997 Facial recognition at the CIA
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Proceedings Volume 2933, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Methods and Technologies; (1997)
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, 1996, Boston, MA, United States
Law enforcement agencies need to identify suspects as they travel around the world. Terrorists and others change all sorts of information about themselves but their faces remain the same. The first operational facial recognition system (face trace) was developed at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the late eighties. It combines image analysis technology with collateral information to create an 'electronic mug book.' Using some simple collateral information about a suspect (height, age and sex) and a photograph, the system gives users the ability to identify an unknown person with a reasonable probability. The system matches information extracted from the photographs with similar information extracted from a database of photographs of existing suspects. The technology was subsequently transferred to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for use by the Border Patrol.
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Susan Gragg "Facial recognition at the CIA", Proc. SPIE 2933, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Methods and Technologies, (6 January 1997);

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