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B. Scott Swann

Vice President Federal Operations and Innovation, MorphoTrak, LLC

Presenting with Nicole Spaun


Advancements in face recognition and video analytics

  • Distinguish face recognition as a biometric modality, and appreciate the history of its development.
  • Explain the basic concept of video analytics and how they impact facial recognition.
  • Illustrate how face recognition and video analytics work together, and understand how they can be used to advance the mission of their agencies.

Full synopsis
Facial recognition may appear to be a recent development in biometric identification technology. In fact, reliable and usable facial recognition has been 50 years in the making. Similarly, the time is quickly approaching when video analytics will no longer be an afterthought for supporting investigations or categorized as a wish-list tool. The approach traditionally used by agencies for analyzing video lots of people working overtime – is not effective for handling massive amounts of video and images. The challenge to law enforcement and government agencies of handling daunting volumes of video is compounded by the heightened public perception that digital evidence must be processed quickly, and increasingly, juries expect to see video presented during trials. This panel discussion will provide attendees with an understanding of facial recognition and video analytics as separate technologies for identification, incorporate use cases to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of sample implementations and, finally, suggest ways that facial recognition and video analytics can bolster one another when used for investigative purposes.


B. Scott Swann, PMP, is Vice President of Federal Operations and Innovation for MorphoTrak. He is responsible for overseeing federal business development and supporting existing partnerships on behalf of the company’s Criminal Justice and Public Security unit. In addition, he leads the effort to identify and develop innovative biometric security solutions for MorphoTrak’s customers.

Mr Swann is recognized throughout the industry for his active engagement with various standards organizations, research bodies, and academia. He is currently chairing the International Association for Identification (IAI) Biometric Identification Services Committee, and leading the private-public effort in driving contactless fingerprinting standardization. His most recent contributions include publication of ‘Addressing Contactless Fingerprint Capture’ in The Police Chief Magazine (June 2016), serving as moderator for ‘Advancing Contactless Fingerprint Systems’, at the 2015 Global Identity Summit (GIS), and appearing as a panelist in ‘Overview of NIST Information Technology Laboratory Identity Activities’ at GIS 2016.

Mr Swann’s contributions to the biometrics community are informed by experience and insight earned during his distinguished 18-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prior to joining MorphoTrak, Mr Swann was Special Assistant to the FBI Executive Assistant Director of the Science and Technology Branch, and served a one-year Joint Duty Assignment at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He holds a Master’s degree in software engineering from West Virginia University, an undergraduate degree in business management from Salem-Teikyo University, and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

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