Chinese language police use face recognition glasses to catch criminals

Chinese language police use face recognition glasses to catch criminals

Ronald Pratt
February 10, 2018

China has consistently been ahead of the curve in terms of utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) for surveillance.

Over the first five days of February, the face-scanning glasses helped identify seven fugitives and 26 people who were traveling with fraudulent IDs, according to China's official state newspaper People's Daily.

The special glasses are now being used by four officers patrolling a crowded train station in Zhengzhou, Henan province during Chinese New Year, the busiest time for the country's transport system.

The speed of processing and the fact the glasses are being worn by officers gives makes facial recognition a major asset on the police beat, the news service reports. All the wearer has to do is look at a person, from which the camera will then take a measurement of that person's face and compares it to a database of individuals, and all of this is done in a matter of seconds.

Liu Tianyi, at LLVision, the firm that developed the GLXSS Pro smart glasses, says the glasses are so light that the police officers can wear them all day. In addition to the glasses, the system also includes a connected mobile device that the officer carries, which contains the database thus allowing the system to work efficiently and quickly. If there is a false match problem, the consequences could be awful.

SMHS hospital attack a 'security lapse': J&K Oppn
Near OPD of the hospital Naveed started scuffle with the police team escorting him, suddenly two person appeared on the scene. It is not clear whether the Pakistani prisoner, Naved, is still inside the hospital or has managed to flee the premises.

"On the one hand, as the Chinese government claims, this technology could indeed potentially help decrease crime at train stations, and improve public safety".

However, these programs have drawn strong criticism by human-rights groups and privacy advocates, who say that the implementation of this technology invades on people's right to privacy.

The glasses are based on wearable video cameras and actually don't have facial recognition capability themselves.

China is a world leader in the development of face recognition technologies, and the population is constantly reminded that such equipment means criminals cannot escape the law.

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