Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mug shot / Photo Identification Application

Greetings and welcome to our first blog post.

Traditionally, mugshots of arrested individuals taken via the criminal booking process have inconsistencies which differ from booking officer to booking officer, and suspect to suspect. These inconsistencies can cause significant issues which can limit an agencies ability to provide valid photo arrays for witness identification. These issues can ultimately lead to the inadmissibility of evidence at trial and subsequently, guilty offenders could be set free. Hunter Systems Mugshot Capture Application seeks to eliminate these inconsistencies by standardizing the mugshot capture process.

Through a series of complex computations and algorithms, developed through a partnership with Quantum Signal, LLC of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Mugshot Capture Application locates a subject's head and shoulders through a standard video feed, and correctly aligns the image to create the "perfect mugshot". In addition, the mugshot image is validated to ensure compliance with National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST) best practices, including lighting, background, exposure, aspect ratio and compression algorithm.

Once the image has been captured, validated and stored in JPEG format, it is available to be imported into the users' Records Management System.

By ensuring that the NIST standards are adhered to, agencies utilizing the Hunter Mugshot ID application will also be in compliance with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Automated Fingerprint Information System guidelines. Thus increasing the overall effectiveness of a Nationwide database of criminal offenders.