Japan's security force is building a 3D-enabled database of perps

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department is getting a major upgrade with 3D cameras for booking offenders. The technology will capture a criminal’s face from every angle, making it easier to identify them through security footage.

Three-dimensional photos win over 2D when it comes to trying to match a perp to a database profile. They boast more information than a regular photograph and capture every rise and fall of the face. When a criminal shows up on CCTV, their face is usually captured in various angles and that’s why police usually take mugshots across several angles. For that reason, 3D mugshots are just easier to work with. The police can twist and turn the person’s face and there is no more imagining what a person’s face might look like from an obtuse angle.

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