China Police Officers Use Facial Recognition Glasses To Catch Criminals

China Police Officers Use Facial Recognition Glasses To Catch Criminals

Many of these cameras use artificial intelligence and facial recognition.

In China, people are required to present identity documents in order to travel by train.

Many railway police officers in China can now identify and catch criminals using cutting edge eyewear that is almost identical to Google Glass technology this coming Chinese Spring Festival, also referred to as Chinese New Year.

Beijing-based LLVision Technology Co., the company that developed them, told the Wall Street Journal that the glasses can identify a person in 100 milliseconds and can recognize 100,000 different faces, though accuracy will probably drop due to "environmental noise" in the real world.

What would normally take hours to do is now done in just a few minutes, thanks to the new facial recognition glasses.

"Chinese authorities seem to think they can achieve "social stability" by placing people under a microscope, but these abusive programs are more likely to deepen hostility towards the government", Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, had previously said about different facial recognition technology being used to monitor religious minorities.

Of course, with surveillance-hungry police and regimes around the world, it's not hard to see that LLVision could undoubtedly expand its shipments by selling more surveillance models.

How? Well, according to various reports, the wearables which resemble Google Glass, are linked to a central database which contains details of criminal records. With that in mind, we should expect the glasses to be rolled out to an increasing number of police officers across China very soon.

A good use case? The glasses enable officers to scan passengers on the spot and cross-check their information with a list of suspected lawbreakers.

The sunglasses have already helped police capture seven suspects, according to Chinese state media, but there are concerns about the likelihood that the government might abuse the technology for more control. It's a closed data set, after all, right? If you're not a movie maverick, let me tell you're in for a surprise. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself - anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide.

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