Markland's Subsidiary, Genex Technologies, Inc., Provides 3D Software for Law Enforcement Agencies

BOSTON, Oct. 6, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:MRKL) and Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:TCNH), defense and homeland security companies transforming advanced laboratory technology into real-world products, announced today that Genex Technologies, Inc. ( is providing 3D software for law enforcement agencies to utilize for the generation of facial composite sketches. The new product is called 3D SketchArtist(tm).

For years, law enforcement professionals have used sketch artists to "sketch" a composite of a suspect's face from witness descriptions. However, many police departments are unable to staff the high-level of skill necessary to make this important police function effective. Industry has answered with a variety of software tools to create composites of suspects. However, the two-dimensional tools provided by these photo programs are very limited in their ability to realistically render a 3D object.

Drawbacks to hand-sketching and 2D photo approaches include:

 -- The end result is a flat, rough approximation of what the
    suspect might resemble.
 -- Accurately adding features or adjusting existing elements such
    as hair or age will usually require a complete re-draw or
    significant time and effort.
 -- Many police precincts cannot afford to hire a full-time sketch
    artist, or the one on staff is overworked and does not have time
    to create dozens of possible appearances for a suspect.

Using Genex's patented 3D morphing technology, law enforcement professionals can now sketch a truly accurate composite with amazingly life-like 3D features. 3D SketchArtist(tm) transforms typical sketches into rapidly evolving 3D mock-ups that can change poses, expressions, and even lighting in mere seconds. 3D SketchArtist(tm) can even make the character move and talk!

3D SketchArtist(tm) enables novices to render accurate composites like an expert. The simple, user-friendly interface makes powerful capabilities accessible to anyone while allowing more advanced users the flexibility to precisely adjust features. Users can change virtually any aspect of the human face, including:

Major Features:

 -- 3D Morphing Capabilities
 -- 3D Hair and Facial Hair
 -- Skin and Texture
 -- Pose, Expression, and Lighting
 -- Teeth

When integrated with Genex's SureMatch 3D Suite(tm) of tools for facial recognition, users can share face data between applications. The powerful capabilities of 3D SketchArtist(tm) enable officers and investigators to start with a witness' description and end up with a computerized match against a database of criminals.

About Markland Technologies, Inc.

Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities, and in private industry and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products. Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement, and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders, and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. The company is a board member of the Homeland Security Industries Association and is a featured company on; additional details can be viewed at For more information about the company and its products, please visit the Markland home page at

About Technest Holdings, Inc.

Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:TCNH) is a provider of intelligent surveillance and advanced 3D imaging technology solutions to the defense and homeland security marketplaces. Technest is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. Technest's solutions support military, law enforcement, and homeland security personnel. Through strategic development, Technest focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields.

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