Smile, the Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System (MORIS) may be taking your picture if you’re pulled over this fall. Police and sheriffs’ departments are using the technology to identify individuals based on their face from five feet away, or their iris when the device is six inches away.
Used mostly in Afghanistan, MORIS distinguishes friends from insurgents. Now the device will be employed by law enforcement to check for warrants and previous arrest history.
Attached to an iPhone, the system uses photographs to build a database of offenders. The database won’t use existing photographs, but will be built on new ones as people commit offenses. A police officer will photograph an offender and record three separate units of information.
First, the face. Facial recognition captures the unique distances and dimensions between features such as the outside edges of the eyes against the distance between chin and nose. It measures and analyzes and uploads them to a database via a secure connection. Next it captures the unique features contained in the iris. Like fingerprints, no two are the same. Finally, MORIS records fingerprints.
The police view this as a time and resource saver since it frees them of having to bring a suspect back to the station for identification.
Brockton, Mass., Police Chief William Conlon says his department will employ MORIS only when an officer has probable cause. As well as asking for ID, the officer will snap their photo.
Source: Brockton Enterprise via YouTube