Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Chinese cops are using AI facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

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Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 03:39

LLVision says its device is able to scan individuals from a pre-loaded database of 10,000 suspects in just 100 milliseconds, though just how accurate the glasses are in use is said to vary based upon the surrounding environmental noise. According to The Verge, the facial recognition sunglasses are now being tested at train stations in Zhengzhou. Beyond the name, officers are also supplied with the person's address, according to reports from BBC.

The future of China's criminals isn't so bright thanks to police officers' new shades that some find frighteningly powerful. There is no word on if the special glasses will remain in use after the holiday travel season or if they might be rolled out to more officers.

"There is ample evidence that the government is using new technologies, like widespread CCTV cameras combined with facial recognition technology, to create a ideal police state", he said. The use of the facial recognition glasses started at the beginning of the "chunyun" (translates to spring transport) period according to reports. The sunglasses are controlled by a connected mobile unit and sell for ¥3,999 CNY, or $636 Dollars, with facial recognition at an additional price. However, Wu did add that the accuracy isn't ideal. Unlike fixed cameras with facial-recognition capability, the wearable allows police to act more swiftly before their targets disappear into the crowd.

However, despite the incredible advancement in technology that comes with any facial recognition technology, not everyone is happy about the new surveillance technology.

Chinese police will take the upcoming Lunar New Year migration as an opportunity to test smartglasses with built-in facial recognition technology.

"Until China has meaningful privacy rights and an accountable police force, the government should immediately cease these efforts". Amnesty International's William Nee told the Wall Street Journal, "The potential to give individual police officers facial recognition technology in sunglasses could eventually make China's surveillance state all the more ubiquitous".