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Police on the outskirts of Beijing are using facial-recognition glasses that can identify passengers and car number plates within milliseconds.
The smart glasses were first tested in Beijing at a highway checkpoint last week, according to Reuters.
Powered by artificial intelligence, the eyewear compares faces and cars to a “blacklist” in real time and display a red box and warning sign when a match is made.
The AI-powered glasses are made by LLVision, the company behind similar police sunglasses rolled out at a Henan railway station last month. The technology was quickly praised by authorities for helping identify several individuals who had previously committed crimes, from human trafficking to traffic infringements.
Surveillance and facial recognition technology is on the rise in China. There are currently 170 million surveillance cameras, and the government hopes to more than triple that number by 2020. That would be nearly one camera for every two citizens, which the Ministry of Public Security hopes can eventually be used to identify any citizen within three seconds.