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Swedish police want to introduce facial recognition technology to fight crime

The technology analyzes images, including those from surveillance cameras. File photo: Adam Wrafter / SvD / TT

Published: 19.Jul.2019 10:42 hrs

Swedish police reportedly want to introduce new facial recognition technology to help identify criminal suspects after testing the technique this spring.

The computer programme recognizes and matches images of suspects, for example those taken from surveillance cameras, with images of people already in the police register. The register contains over 40,000 images of people who have been detained or arrested on suspicion of crime.

"It goes without saying that it takes a very long time to go through tens of thousands of photos manually, so with the technology we can do that faster," Martin Valfridsson from the Swedish police told TV4 Nyheterna.

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