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The Electronic Facial Identification Technique, commonly known as E-FIT, is a computerised method of synthesizing images of the faces of criminals from witness descriptions.
The term itself was proposed by Janina Kaminska at the UK Home Office in 1984. It falls on the leading edge of or predates the general use of "e" for electronic and retains the "E-" it started with to this date.
The system is available in Spanish, German, English(US&UK),French]], Italian, Portuguese and Swedish.
The system has been programmed by John Platten from its inception at the UK Home Office.This reflects much of the history of the personal computer itself. Early personal computers only had green CRT screens so the first version relied on television studio hardware. It was ported to MSDOS when the first VGA screens appeared, then to Windows and finally rewritten for Microsoft .NET framework in 2004.
E-FIT has since gained a 3D facility, a clothing system which is used internally by the police and most recently the ability to operate in colour.
The role of E-Fit in the psychology laboratoryEdit
Further information, including some rolling GIF images of the system's output, can be found at the following locations: