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MSU is Licensing Unique Facial Recognition Program

Police departments could soon have access to a facial recognition program developed at Michigan State University that can match faces caught on security cameras with faces in a database.

Anil Jain, a biometrics expert at MSU, says they’ve licensed the technology to NEC Corp, which will make it available to law enforcement agencies across the world.

Jain says the program is unique in that it can match images of faces caught in less than ideal conditions; like in the rain, when it’s cloudy or when the person isn’t looking directly at the camera.

This is the second time the university has licensed a facial recognition program.

Jain says they also created a system to match a sketch with faces in a database.

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