A California-based technology company has won a $200 million federal contract to help police and police agencies with facial recognition software that can detect identity theft in their data.
The FBI said it was awarding the contract to a facial recognition company, FaceLocate, which it said had developed a technology that detects facial recognition images in the photos of users in the databases of over 100,000 police departments in the United States.
The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that the company is expected to have a working prototype within three years.
“The FBI will not hesitate to award a contract to any company that is committed to bringing this technology to its police departments,” it said.
The FBI said the software will be used in its databases to detect fraud and identity theft.
“We are proud of the work we’ve done to advance this technology in law enforcement over the last several years and look forward to working with FaceLocation in this new venture,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The company, which has offices in Scotton, California, and New York, will work with police departments to identify fraudulent data and identify potential criminals.
“FaceLocate’s technology will assist law enforcement agencies in developing policies, procedures and training on how to prevent and detect identity fraud in law enforceable databases,” it added.
The Federal Bureau said the company has also developed a database-driven fraud detection system for other law enforcement departments.
A facial recognition expert, Michael Krumholz, who helped develop facial recognition technology at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, will also be on the board of the company.
He said he would be helping to develop a set of criteria for a system that could identify potential fraudsters.
“It’s about finding the patterns, the patterns are going to be very similar,” Mr Krumho said.
“There will be some similarities, but they’re not going to necessarily be the same person.”
So it’s really going to take some time for the software to come together.
“The company is not the first to develop technology to identify fraud in police databases, with a previous example being the detection of a fraud ring that used false identities to defraud businesses of tens of millions of dollars.