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The future is now! China generalises use of facial recognition

Updated: 09 Jan 2018
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In China, the rapid development of facial recognition technology has led to its use in a number of innovative ways. Beijing's Temple of Heaven has used it in toilets to deter toilet paper theft. In Jinan City, traffic police have installed facial scanners at intersections to catch and shame jaywalkers. Supermarkets in some big cities have been using the technology at bag deposit areas.

Beijing Normal University debuted its first facial scanners in April and expanded their use in all dorms during the summer break. Since July 1st, 2017, Gulangyu Island has used facial recognition technology to replace manual checks for passengers.
 

In December 2017, the Construction Bank of China introduced facial recognition technology at its automatic teller machines (ATM), according to Xinhua.

The bank limits daily withdrawals to 2,500 yuan ($380) using the technology. Other banks, such as the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) and China Merchants Bank have also introduced similar technology at their ATMs.

Without a bank card, customers can press the facial recognition withdrawal button, scan their face, enter their phone number or ID number, and enter their transaction amount and password, said a staff member at ABC.
 
Press the facial recognition withdrawal button/刷脸取款
 
Scan face
 
 Enter phone number or ID number

Videos and photos of customers withdrawing money will be encrypted by the banks, in an effort to protect their personal information. Chinese scientists are working on quantum encryption technology to better protect personal information.

ABC reportedly plans to install facial recognition technology at 24,064 ATMs across the country. In 2016, China Merchants Bank expanded facial recognition technology to about 1,000 ATMs in 106 cities.
 

SOURCE: WOX Team

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