Since FaceFirst Guardian was first installed in Panama’s Tocumen International Airport, authorities have been able to detain and capture hundreds of individuals wanted in Panama and other countries for serious crimes.
According to Panama24Horas, one significant incident involved a Panamanian woman who had been accused of assassinating an officer of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DJI) by poisoning him. After being wanted for 12 years, the woman was positively identified by FaceFirst Guardian and apprehended by the authorities.
Public Support for Face Recognition in Airports is on the Rise
As face recognition has made its way onto mobile phones and laptops, more and more people have become accustomed to using face recognition to protect their personal data. As such, the public is growing increasingly comfortable with face recognition data being used to protect public spaces like retail stores, stadiums, banks and airports. In fact, a FaceFirst/Survey Monkey poll showed that 77% of Americans think that security guarding airports and tourist attractions are not likely to remember the names and faces of potential terrorists on a watch list without face recognition. And nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans think security personnel guarding airports should be allowed to use face recognition to help recognize terrorists and prevent crime.
How Facial Recognition Protects Public Spaces
The FaceFirst biometric surveillance system works by using cameras to capturing images of individuals walking though public spaces. Those images are then matched against a database of known criminals, potential terrorists and other people who pose a risk to public safety. Since most people are law abiding citizens, they go completely unrecognized by our surveillance system. But on occasion, FaceFirst recognizes notorious criminals.
While face recognition can make virtually any public space safer, airports are in particular need of face recognition systems. A face recognition system makes it almost impossible for known criminals to escape countries and evade capture. Even if criminals use disguises like wigs, glasses or facial hair, FaceFirst can still recognize them and instantly alert authorities to their whereabouts. We look forward to reporting new cases where our system catches bad guys and makes the world a safer place.
Here is some more info on how FaceFirst helps airports prevent terrorism and catch dangerous criminals.