A senior FBI technologist declared last month that after decades of evaluation, the agency sees no point in facial recognition.
Speaking at last month’s Biometrics 2009 conference in London, James A Loudermilk II, a senior level technologist at the FBI, outlined the agency’s future biometrics’ strategy.
He said that 18,000 law enforcement agencies contribute fingerprints and DNA samples to the FBI’s databases and, at their peak, they submit 200,000+ identity verification queries a day. It’s a big operation, and it’s only going to grow, he said. What will be missing from this mix, however, is facial recognition.