FACES 4.0 GENERAL FAQ
How can facial composite software support police investigations?
Facial composites drawn by sketch artists have been used
for decades by police when the identity of a suspect is
unknown and can't be determined through a lineup or through
mug shot collections. But because of the limited availability
and cost of professional artists, composites have often
been reserved for high profile or serious cases. Computer
facial composite technology is gaining increased acceptance
among law enforcement agencies both to enhance the work
of traditional sketch artists and to allow composites to
be created more quickly and inexpensively, and used to solve
a wider range of crimes.
What are the advantages of FACES facial composite technology?
Three key advantages of FACES technology are that it is
affordable, effective, and easy to use. FACES pricing means
that even small police agencies can have personnel able
to produce composite images. The software can be used on
any standard computer: increasingly, police are using FACES
on their laptops to get suspect descriptions right at the
scene. The FACES database includes more than 4400 facial
components that can be selected, sized, adjusted and blended
together to produce exceptionally accurate photo-quality
images of either sex and any race. With
its simple and intuitive interface, FACES lets you create
composites without any forensic art skills or experience.
The software includes a detailed manual as well as exercises
to help you improve your composite image ability. You also
get a booklet of thumbnail images from the FACES database
to assist in witness interviews.
How can FACES technology help in coordinated law enforcement
FACES has two features to share information across police
jurisdictions and help track and apprehend suspects. First,
FACES is the only technology to generate a unique Biometric
Alphanumeric Code (BAC) for every composite image. BAC codes
can be sent by phone, fax or email to recreate the composite
in exact detail. The small size of the BAC code - less than
1KB - makes it ideal for wireless transmission between station
and patrol cars, or between agencies. Second, FACES software
has the ability to export composite images as JPEG files
to include in police bulletins and websites. And its the
only composite technology that has full integration capability
with TRAK, the emergency alert solution used by more than
1400 police agencies to issue child alert bulletins and
other crime information.
Does FACES 4.0 have improved facial and hair features?
Yes. The FACES 4.0 database has been expanded from 3,800
to 4,400 facial features, including more Asian, Latin and
African-American components. We've added facial markings
such as scars, tattoos, moles and piercings. Hats and headwear
can be added and removed from composites: in previous versions,
they were only attached only to certain hairstyles. FACES
4.0 also lets you choose between 3 different tones for hair
including moustaches and beards: older versions had only
a single medium hair tone. And the hair flip feature lets
you change hair styles from side to side
Is FACES 4.0 easier to use?
Yes. Although our research shows that customers believe
FACES is the easiest software to use and creates the most
accurate facial composites, we've made some key improvements
to the FACES interface. For
example, with FACES 4.0 you can just click on the composite
image to select and change nose, eyes, mouth, etc. The portrait
area is bigger and the features palate is better organized
for faster review and selection of components. Improved
positioning tools, including zoom, let you fine tune features
and improve the accuracy of your composite.
Can I email and export FACES 4.0 images?
Yes. FACES 4.0 allows you to click and send composite files
attached to emails. You can also export composite images
in JPEG format to use in police bulletins and websites.
And it has full integration capability with the TRAK emergency
What kind of technical support is available?
FACES 4.0 includes a detailed 40-page user's guide. The
software includes free technical assistance by phone for
90 days after registration. And there are extensive online
FAQs to troubleshoot common operational issues.
Are there discounts for multiple purchases?
Yes. Call our FACES 4.0 sales hotline at 1-800-516-4065
and a representative will develop a pricing strategy that
delivers exactly what your agency needs.
What about future upgrades?
By purchasing FACES 4.0 you'll get discounts on future upgrades.
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