MorphoBIS: incorporating facial recognition technology

As a standard-setter in automated identification with digital fingerprint recognition technology, MorphoBIS now features facial recognition technology. Bob Beall and Frank Barret, Product Managers for the United States and France, explain why this product is sure to be a hit with police forces.

Please can you give us a bit of background on MorphoBIS and tell us a bit more about the latest product features?
Bob Beall: MorphoBIS is a biometric identification system combining the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and user friendlyness of the PrintrakBIS[[PrintrakBIS from Motorola Printrak, which was acquired by Morpho in 2009 system, we were able to launch the best of the best with a high-performance, easy-to-use MorphoBIS product in 2010. However, this was just the beginning...

Frank Barret: Our teams helped to improve the product, and version 3.1, which we began offering recently in early 2014, features several innovations. Firstly, we improved the overall efficiency of the system by harnessing our latest technological developments in algorithms. We also reviewed the distribution of work between man and machine, insofar as a series of tasks and processing operations which used to be carried out by experts can now be processed automatically by the system. The new version is also capable of managing the ACE-V[2] quality control process, which has become the standard procedure for biometric processing. This means that our customers can now apply the process in a much more flexible and traceable way than ever before. Lastly, MorphoBIS 3.1 features facial recognition technology, which can be used to identify a suspect using an image captured by CCTV, for instance, and help with the process of interviewing witnesses.

How is the system used?
B. B.: MorphoBIS effectively meets the needs of two types of customers, both investigative and identification For investigative crime solving using fingerprints or photographs, biometrics experts are tasked with improving the images, analyzing them and then sending them to central severs. Once the data has been crosschecked with a biometric database and the people have been identified, the system produces a list of candidates. MorphoBIS can also be used by police teams to carry out identification of people of interest. Using a mobile device, or even a simple smartphones equipped with Morpho's MiMs[3] application, police teams have the power to capture peoples' digital fingerprints and/or photo and send the biometric information to the central system and produce possible leads while the trail of the person of interest is still hot.
F.B.: It's referred to as a "multi-biometric" suite, since the central system comprising a database and all of Morpho's expertise in terms of algorithms is used in conjunction with other equipment such as an enrolment station, mobile devices and expert stations to form a comprehensive ecosystem.

How is the solution positioned on the market?
B. B.: The new product is essentially aimed at those wanting to upgrade their system, as a large percentage of police forces already use biometric identification systems. The latest generation MorphoBIS certainly has enough assets to win over our customers. [1] PrintrakBIS from Motorola Printrak,