China are using police facial recognition tech to find criminals on the run and those using fake ID’s!
While using this technology there has been some success with the tech leading to 7 arrests. All of whom were related to major criminal cases. Furthermore they’ve caught 26 people using fake ID’s, according to People’s Daily
Wall Street Journal are reporting that this tech is from a Beijing based company called LLVision. They produce (unsurprisingly) wearable video cameras to sell to the everyday man. Super cool ones like the police use? You’re going to have to be vetted. Still, if you’re a regular joe, you’re still not getting them.
Police facial recognition: Impressive
LLVision revealed in tests that their system was incredibly good! It was able to pick out people from a database of 10,000 people in 100milliseconds. (This is some Minority Report type ish!) While this is very impressive, the CEO, Wu Fei, informed the Wall Street Journal that it would probably drop. The reason behind it’s impressive speed is due to the fact that all the information is stored locally. Via a handheld device rather than the cloud. Thus saving huge amounts of time.
With all this tech, yet impressive, it comes with some huge privacy concerns. William Nee of Amnesty International told the WSJ:
“The potential to give individual police officers facial recognition technology in sunglasses could eventually make China’s surveillance state all the more ubiquitous.”
Engadget reported recently that China was using facial recognition technology to geo-fence residents of the Xinjiang region. A muslim dominated area. Allegedly China are looking at using facial recognition to build a database of every single one of its 1.3 billion citizens!
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