As China is on its way to complete its mass status monitoring system, face recognition cameras have surfaced in virtually every corner of the country.
Officials use the network to help with security controls in public places, such as metro stations and shopping centers.
And more and more cities have taken over the technology to scare jaywalkers – by catching them in action with AI-powered monitors and then showing their faces on billboards at busy junctions.
Images uploaded to the Chinese video exchange platform Douyin and believed to have been filmed in Xiangyang shows the faces of jaywalkers on a large screen along with their last names
The traffic monitoring system has been launched in various Chinese cities since 2017. The photo shows pedestrians walking past such an electronic screen in Nanjing on 4 July 2019
In the past two months alone, the traffic monitoring system has been installed in the eastern cities of Zhenjiang and Wenzhou, as well as in the northwestern city of Xining.
The initiative had already been launched in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Nanjing.
One of the first cities to use the anti-jaywalking program is Xiangyang in Hubei Province in central China.
With a population of around two million people, the city installed its device in 2017 on a traffic island at a major intersection near the Changhong Bridge.
Recent footage on social media has shown how offenders are punished there.
In the past two months alone, the traffic monitoring system, supported by face recognition technology, has been installed in the Chinese cities of Zhenjiang, Wenzhou and Xining
China is ready to build its Big Brother-style surveillance network next year, which is expected to have around 626 million CCTV street cameras, or one camera for almost every two people
The video, posted on the Chinese video sharing platform & # 39; s Douyin and believed to be made in Xiangyang, secures a number of pedestrians who publish their portraits.
The screen also displayed the last names of the perpetrators, part of their ID number, and when and where their illegal acts were caught.
& # 39; (The system) is too powerful & # 39 ;, wrote the web user who shared the video.
& # 39; (It is as if) a most wanted poster & # 39 ;, the user added.
The Chinese-based writer Matthew Brennan was amazed by the 16-second clip.
Post the video again, he wrote on his Twitter account: & # 39; Cross the road when you shouldn't do that and a photo of you with your name, ID card number will appear on the big screen for everyone to see. & # 39;
The very first AI-powered traffic control system in China appeared in April 2017 in Shenzhen, a city adjacent to Hong Kong and known as the Silicon Valley of China.
Commuters pass metal detectors and X-ray equipment at a security checkpoint in a Beijing subway station. The city will soon be using facial recognition cameras for the procedure
China is currently building & # 39; the world's largest surveillance system that aims to identify each of its 1.4 billion citizens within three seconds. The state-led network is expected to be completed by 2020
The technology, also called & # 39; robocop at intersection & # 39; called, shields images of perpetrators in public in an endless loop. The information is also automatically stored in the police database.
Several cities have upgraded the existing system to add extra deterrents for jaywalkers.
Now offenders will receive police fines via text message after their faces are shown along traffic roads.
China plans to officially roll out its Big Brother-like surveillance network next year, which, according to a study, will have around 626 million CCTV street cameras, or one camera for almost every two people.
The five most guarded cities in the world are Chongqing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin and Ji & nan
The system consisting of the & # 39; Sky Net project & # 39; and the & # 39; Sharp Eye project & # 39 ;, aims to identify each of its 1.4 billion citizens within three seconds and is part of the country's 13th five-year plan.
However, critics have expressed concern about the scheme and claim that it is a way for the government to invade the privacy of citizens and limit their freedom.
Millions banned from trains and planes in China
The Beijing social credit system has & # 39; unreliable & # 39; passengers blocked in July alone for taking 2.56 million flights and 90,000 high-speed trains.
More than 630,000 people were discredited and added to a national blacklist that month, the country's national credit watchdog said.
From March 13.49 million Chinese citizens were classified as unreliable throughout the country.
The latest figures have been released by the National Development and Reform Commission of China.
Many have also compared it to a dystopian system led by a fictional state leader, Big Brother, in the novel & # 39; Nineteen Eighty-Four & # 39; by the English author George Orwell.
China's surveillance network supports the country's social credit system, which assesses its citizens based on their daily activities.
Experts say the system is a way for the authority to control the behavior of citizens.
Analyst Paul Bischoff, who wrote a report about & # 39; the world's most guarded cities, MailOnline previously said: & # 39; China is rapidly using CCTV surveillance as a means of following the movements of its population on a large scale.
& # 39; CCTV in China is not just about stopping crime, but also about enforcing social norms and behaviors that the government approves. & # 39;
Once completed next year, China's social credit system could determine how easily a citizen could rent an apartment, buy travel tickets or pay for a cup of tea.
The system will help the country restore morality, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times.
The latest statistics show that the Chinese social credit system, which is the & # 39; discredited entities & # 39; mentioned 2.56 million flights and blocked 90,000 high-speed trains only in July.
HOW DOES FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WORK?
Face recognition software works by matching real-time images with a previous photo of a person.
Each face has around 80 unique nodes in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth that distinguish one person from the other.
A digital video camera measures the distance between different points on the human face, such as the width of the nose, depth of the eye sockets, distance between the eyes and the shape of the jaw line.
Another smart surveillance system (photo) can scan 2 billion faces in seconds, has been revealed in China. The system connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to select targets. The army is working on a similar version of this with AI to track people across the country
This produces a unique numeric code that can then be linked to a corresponding code obtained from a previous photo.
A face recognition system used by officials in China connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to set targets.
Experts believe that facial recognition technology will quickly catch up with fingerprint technology as the most effective way to identify people.
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