Face recog­ni­tion gets thumbs-up for con­ve­nience

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - By MA ZHENHUAN LIN YIQIAO Con­tact the writ­ers at mazhen­huan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stu­dents at Hangzhou Nor­mal Univer­sity in Zhe­jiang prov­ince are us­ing face-recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to en­ter their dor­mi­to­ries, which is seen as im­prov­ing the univer­sity’s dor­mi­tory man­age­ment efficiency and bet­ter as­sur­ing stu­dents’ safety on cam­pus.

The sys­tem, of­fi­cially put into use on Sept 1, en­ables stu­dents to en­ter or exit their dor­mi­to­ries via fa­cial scan­ning at the en­trance, in­stead of swip­ing their elec­tronic stu­dent ID cards.

“Back in high school, I could only swipe the elec­tronic stu­dent ID card to get in or out of the dorm. Some­times when I was car­ry­ing lug­gage or parcels in my hands, it could be trou­ble,” says Yang Fei­long, a fresh­man from the School of Ma­te­ri­als and Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing. “Now I can have my iden­tity ver­i­fied sim­ply by stand­ing in front of the cam­era.”

Ge Rux­iong, direc­tor of the Hangzhou Nor­mal Univer­sity In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter, says the univer­sity had in­put all stu­dents’ mugshot pho­tos and in­for­ma­tion into the face-recog­ni­tion sys­tem be­fore the new se­mes­ter be­gan.

“In this way, when they ar­rive, they were im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized by the checkup sys­tems at the dor­mi­tory,” he says.

The sys­tem also registers the stu­dents’ daily en­try and exit times, mak­ing it eas­ier for dor­mi­tory man­age­ment staff to com­pile in­for­ma­tion re­lated to ac­com­mo­da­tions.

“The sys­tem con­trib­utes to the real-time se­cu­rity man­age­ment of vis­i­tors and stu­dents, thus help­ing school man­age­ment au­thor­i­ties in the buildup of an in­tel­li­gent cam­pus,” says Gu Ru, direc­tor of the univer­sity’s hous­ing of­fice of Cangqian cam­pus.

Sun Ke­jia, a stu­dent, says the fac­ere­cog­ni­tion sys­tem is con­ve­nient. “With the new tech­nol­ogy, there is no need to be wor­ried in case we lose or for­get to carry our elec­tronic stu­dent ID cards,” Sun says. “Some other places in the school are also adopt­ing face-recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies. I can pay through ‘face-swip­ing’ at the cam­pus su­per­mar­ket.”

The sys­tem will also be used at the univer­sity’s li­brary and can­teens.

In ad­di­tion, the univer­sity is con­sid­er­ing pro­mot­ing face recog­ni­tion for the class­room to keep track of stu­dents’ at­ten­dance.

Other uni­ver­si­ties in Hangzhou, in­clud­ing Zhe­jiang Univer­sity, in­stalled sim­i­lar face-recog­ni­tion sys­tems this year. Lin Yiqiao con­trib­uted to this story.

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