Chinese police use facial recognition glasses to catch criminals

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China's timing for deploying these glasses lines up with the upcoming Lunar New Year festival and holiday.

Chinese Police have started using facial recognition glasses to aid their fight against crime and criminals. The country is now leading in surveillance technologies and is going to build a giant facial recognition database to identify any citizen within seconds.

The officers are now able to identify suspects, especially fugitives and those carrying fake IDs by simply looking at them.

The facial information captured by the glasses will be sent back to a database for comparison with the information of suspects on the wanted list.

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. They often boast about building "the world's biggest camera surveillance network" and are expected to install another 400 million cameras by 2020.

The company's chief executive Wu Fei told The Wall Street Journal that LLVision partnered with local police to develop the technology that would suit their needs. "You can decide right away what the next interaction is going to be".

The rapid development of the technology has triggered a demand for commercial applications of the technology as well, with gyms, restaurants and even public toilets getting in on the facial recognition game.

The glasses are connected directly to the handheld device that contains an offline database of criminals, unlike CCTV cameras, which feed their data to a vast database in the cloud where it gets processed to look for a match.

However, not everyone believes this kind of technology should be used by the police, especially not it in China.

As William Nee, a China researcher at Amnesty International, said to 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". You may remember, one of the main reasons Google Glass failed was because its built-in camera made people uncomfortable.

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