Motorola, Visionics and Wirehound have teamed up to help identify criminals by integrating face recognition technology into Java-enabled mobile phones.
The companies claim that the application, developed specifically for law enforcement agencies, uses Visionics' FaceIt ARGUS facial recognition capabilities and Wirehound's Birddog software on the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) platform.
Motorola plans to install the software on its i95cl phone, a J2ME-enabled mobile with a colour display.
According to the trio, the FaceIt ARGUS system automatically finds faces in a field of view and searches them against a mug shot database.
After finding a match, the Birddog component produces a wireless alert to the phones used by mobile law enforcement officers who are then able to verify the identity.
The handsets can store multiple images and are alerted when a new face arrives. Non-matched images are automatically removed from the system.
Peter Aloumanis, vice president and general manager at Motorola's iDEN group, explained that one of the many benefits of the Java enabled handsets is their ability to be customised to fit the specific needs of a variety of industries.
"This application was developed in response to increased demand from the public safety sector to help law enforcement officers identify criminals while out on patrol," he said.
The three companies demonstrated the application at the JavaOne Developer Conference this week in San Francisco.
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