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Launched in September 2000 by DARPA, the Human Identification at a Distance (HumanID) program seeks to develop automated, multimodal biometric technologies with the capability to detect, recognize, and identify humans at a distance. Once these individual technologies are developed, HumanID will develop methods for fusing these technologies into an advanced human identification system. This system will be capable of multimodal fusion using different biometric techniques with a focus on body parts identification, face identification, and human kinematics.
Biometric signatures will be acquired from various collection sensors including video, infrared and multispectral sensors. The goal of this program is to identify humans as unique individuals (not necessarily by name) at a distance, at any time of the day or night, during all weather conditions, with noncooperative subjects, possibly disguised and alone or in groups.