With software purchased through a $5.4 million grant that the CTA got through the Transportation Security Administration, Chicago cops were able to enhance a side-view photo of the face of Pierre Martin (in photo at left). Police said he confessed to a mugging on the CTA after witnesses identified him from a lineup.
According to a Chicagoist report:
NeoFace software captures “latent face” images from photographs or videos, which enhances images and then searches them against repositories of mugshots. In Martin’s case, a photo taken from a CTA surveillance camera of a suspected mugger showing the suspect from the side ranked as one of the best possible matches.
This is a great use of federal funding. Check out this promo video of how the NeoFace software works.