Sunday, July 7, 2013

FL - County looks to IBM facial recognition to keep sex offenders away from kids

IBM numbering system used by the Nazis
Original Article

Well IBM does have experience making numbering systems to label people. They did it back in Hitler's days to help him mark the Jews and others he didn't like.


By Adam Vrankulj

The Miami-Dade County in Florida is set to test a facial recognition system from IBM in attempt to keep sex offenders out of public parks.

The project is set to begin in the next two months and aims to catch convicted sex offenders approaching a range of public spaces where children are likely to be found. Reported in the Wall Street Journal, the county’s CIO, Angel Petisco said the system will likely be expanded to more regional locations by the end of the year, provided the test is a success.

The county is also considering other uses for recognition technology, outside of catching sex offenders in places they shouldn’t be.

Miami-Dade isn’t the first community to turn to facial recognition for keeping tabs on convicted sex offenders.

Reported previously, the Iowa Department of Public Safety has equipped every Iowa Sherriff’s department with facial recognition software to digitize the mugshots of sex offenders in the state.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $1 million grant for the creation of a biometric sex offender registry.

Facial recognition, as a whole, is gaining traction and also, public support.

Also, According to a recent CNN/Time/Orc poll, 79% of Americans are in favor of using facial recognition at various locations and public events, and 81% support expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places.

In fact, according to a recently-published research report, the global facial recognition market is estimated to grow from $1.92 billion in 2013 to $6.5 billion in 2018, at an impressive CAGR of 27.7%.


Mark said...

This is outrageous! It is maddening! Incredulous! It just will never end! Sex Offender pawn usage - period.

Silverjunkie said...

When I went in to register last month, I commented on the new digital fingerprinting machine and half-serious, half-jokingly asked when we, as sex offenders, would have to submit to retina scanning. The tech replied very seriously that one California county in particular was already testing the technology. So this doesn't surprise me in the least. It's only a matter of time before we're fitted with internal GPS tracking devices.

Sex Offender Issues said...

They will be asking for stool samples next.