Tokyo police will soon start taking 3D mugshots of suspects to make identification easier

By midian182
Jan 27, 2016
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  1. Crime fighting technology is becoming ever more advanced, but one area that hasn’t changed much since it was first used in the 1840s - only a few years after the invention of photography - is the mugshot. Now, however, the process of photographing a suspect may change, as police in Tokyo, Japan, will soon be taking 3D mugshots of people taken into custody.

    Starting in April this year, all 102 of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department stations will have 3D cameras that take images from three different directions while the suspect's face is lit up with striped lighting, creating a 3D effect. This will be in addition to the standard 2D mugshot.

    The 3D mugshots will be stored in a database and used to make identifying suspects easier. When someone is caught on a CCTV camera, for example, their face may be tilted or the image may have bad lighting, making them hard to identify using traditional 2D mugshots. With these 3D images, police can manipulate and adjust the model in order to create a more accurate comparison.

    Speaking to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, a senior police officer said: "As we can identify the suspects more quickly and accurately, our arrest rate is expected to become greater.”

    Even though Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, the country is beefing up its national security systems ahead of this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Should the 3D mugshots prove to be a helpful tool in fighting crime, we may eventually see the cameras appearing in police stations across the world.

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  2. drwho

    drwho TS Rookie

    That is Summer Olympics in 2020, this year it is in Brazil. Don't you pay your monkeys enough money to check the facts correctly.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Take it easy man, these guys are geeks and generally geeks aren't usually interested in proper sports. eSports maybe but that isn't a proper sport, it's more of a hobby or recreation, maybe even some form of entertainment.
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 346   +101

    Little harsh don't you think? eSports has a pretty high demand, depending on what game and the level of play. Yet we should simply mark physical actions as a sport, nothing else despite the fact we have various things counted under sports. Mental work is still a strain on some, not to mention physical injuries that can happen. Sure it's not on the level of what happens in sports, but it can leave a lasting impact on the player.

    Just I guess we should sweep eSports under the rug and pretend, it's nothing more than simply anything BUT a sport right? ;p
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Well if we consider eSports a proper sport then we could include marriage and all other sorts of nonsense that can cause physical and mental stress. C'mon man, playing video games could even be classified as a profession if you make money from it but to say it's a sport??? I like playing video games just as much as the next person but personally I will never see it as a proper sport and will never call it as such.

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