What kind of hardware and operating system do I need?
Face Forensics (f2) runs on Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher. It also runs on Windows 7.
If you do not have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, the f2 installer will inform you that you must install it first and tell you to go to Download the .NET Framework 2.0 and install it.
A Pentium 4 or higher is recommended.
Do I need to have a database of images before I can use f2?
No, f2 comes with a default Enrollment database that you can use to add your images. An Enrollment DB is also sometimes referred to as a Watch List or Missing Persons List.
Can f2 work with my current database that contains images?
Yes, as long as your database is either a SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, or MSAccess database. f2 can attach to your database and enroll the images to create an Enrollment DB.
Can f2 be networked?
Yes, multiple f2 machines can connect to the same Enrollment DB. More generally, each f2 runs its own matching service by default, so you can select one (or more) of them to act a central matching service for all f2 machines.
What type of camera do I need?
f2 captures video using the Windows DirectX v9.0 drivers. Therefore any USB digital camera that is DirectX compatible should be able to work with f2. f2 does not use color information, so it is not necessary to have a color camera. Near infra-red cameras can also be used.
How does f2 Search for missing children?
f2 can analyze images on suspicious web sites and associated links while automatically matching against an Enrollment DB of missing children photos. Several f2 machines can be set up to continually search the internet while automatically sending the match results to a shared folder that can be viewed by investigations officers.
How does f2 notify roaming policing/security staff with an alert?
f2 can continually monitor an area while detecting and matching faces. Detection and/or recognition results can be automatically e-mailed to recipients carrying hand held devices. Detected and matched images are sent as attachments in the e-mail.
What types of video files can f2 play?
f2 can play most AVI, MPEG, and WMV video files.