“You have jay­walked. Please step back be­hind the line.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - WORD MATTERS -

So said a record­ing that blared from two loud­speak­ers at the crossroads near the Gui You Store in Tongzhou dis­trict when a man tried to cross the road while walk sig­nal was still red. The record­ing was ac­com­pa­nied by an in­stant re­play video that showed the man jay­walk­ing on a nearby elec­tronic screen. The mech­a­nism was set up in the area be­cause the traf­fic there is heavy and many peo­ple cross the road with­out pay­ing at­ten­tion to the traf­fic lights. The set up com­prises a big screen, a surveil­lance cam­era and two loud­speak­ers in­stalled on two traf­fic light poles. The cam­era faces the cross­walk and records any­one who tries to cross the road be­fore the walk sign comes on. Ac­cord­ing to the traf­fic po­lice in Tongzhou, the sys­tem will be pro­moted all over Tongzhou in the fu­ture, and videos recorded by it will be linked to the so­cial credit sys­tem. (Source: The Bei­jing Daily)

Il­lus­tra­tion: Peter C. Espina/GT

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