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JUST AHEAD OF Chinese New Year (and the rush of travellers it was expected to bring), China’s state media reported that the country’s railway police in Zhengzhou have started using augmented reality (AR) glasses equipped with facial recognition capabilities. With more than 389 million train trips expected for the holiday period, Chinese authorities are hoping that the glasses, which are connected to the police database, will catch known criminals, spot impostors and generally help to verify passenger identities. The technology apparently lead to the identification of seven suspected criminals in the first week of operation, with charges including hit-and-run and human trafficking.
While privacy and security concerns are being raised over a national database that would contain the personal information of over 1.3 billion citizens, the Chinese Government and partnering tech companies continue to focus on AI development, with a $2.7 billion AI research district in Beijing expected to be operational by 2025. AI-based facial recognition technology is already being used in Shanghai for traffic violations and certain other train stations around the country, but the development of AR glasses will allow these scanners to go mobile.