- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2015

The technology from the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report” is finally coming to fruition.

Police departments that rely on ID databases may have a new tool at their disposal, courtesy of the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering.

A new system being tested by the college can identify the unique signature of irises up to 40 feet away.

Professor Mario Savvides demonstrated the technology for CNN on Friday, which could offer law enforcement authorities a way to safely ID suspects during police stops.

“What it’s doing is, as I’m looking at the mirror right now, it’s actually finding my face, detecting my eyes, extracting features and then matching them — running through the database to come up with the identity of who I am. It can really save the officer’s life by making sure he’s far away and safe.”

The American Civil Liberties Union fears that the technology could be used to track people through crowds in ways that violate privacy rights, CNN reported.

SEE ALSO: Chicago goes ‘Minority Report’: CPD big on predictive policing

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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