Rioters to be traced through crowdsourcingapp
Tue, 2:00 PMAC Mark Rowley looking at the Face
UK POLICE ARE toharness the powers of crowd-sourcing to help findthose suspected of committing crimes duringthe 2011 London riots.People will be able to usethe app to view photographsof suspects and then identifythem, using smartphonesand tablet computers.Thousands of images wereloaded onto the MPSsmartphone app, which is driven by technology from Facewatch, today.
Following last year’s riots, the Metropolitan police undertook a meticulous
investigation of CCTV footage, through which they have identified and uploaded2,880 images. Now they are urging members of the public to download the app andassist in identifying people whom police wish to speak to.
The Metropolitan police say that the key to the app is its simplicity. It is availableon all computers at www.facewatchid.co.uk, while the Facewatch app worksacross all smartphone and tablet computer platforms with internet connection. It isfree to download from the Apple App Store, Android Google Play and BlackberryApp World.Members of the public just enter a postcode and then click or touch through aselection of CCTV images of unidentified people that the police would like to talk to.