Police officers may soon be carrying a new identification tool called MORIS that contains an iPhone at the heart of the device.
The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System includes a retinal scanner and camera to scan suspects and aid in identifying criminals. The iPhone attaches to the device and with everything intact the system weights 12.5 ounces. The MORIS system will replace the current identification procedures which involve taking a picture of the suspect, and downloading it to a computer to run facial recognition software.
Created by BI2 Technologies and using facial recognition software from Animetrics, the small, effective device has made privacy sticklers rather worried. Bernard Melekian, The U.S. Justice Department director of Community Oriented Policing Services, doesn't share the sentiment.
If the purpose is to determine instantly an individualís identity and determine whether they are wanted or have serious criminal history, that is not only a desirable use, it is an important use. To simply collect information on individuals to add to the database would not in my opinion be a desirable use of the technology. - Melekian