Chinese Police officials are now wearing glasses equipped with facial recognition at places of large crowds to screen travellers during the Chinese New Year for wanted criminals. These police officials have been deployed at a Railway station in a central Chinese city.
Police officials at the Zhengzhou east railway station in the Henan province are using these hi-tech glasses to match the identities of the passengers with the information available on their database, according to multiple reports.
The police personnel have also detected over 26 cases of identity thefts using these hi-tech glasses.“The facial information captured by the glasses will be sent back to a database for comparison with the information of suspects on the wanted list,” media quoted a representative from the Henan Government’s department of public security, Zhang Xiaolei as saying.
The glasses worn by these police officials are connected to tablet which searches for matches once the police officials scan the passengers in the police database. The lunar new year is one of the busiest times to travel in China. More than 389 million train trips are expected to be made during the peak period of February 1 to March 12.
China is very keen to enhance their personnel security. According to reports, China has more than 170 million CCTV cameras and is expected to double that number in the coming years.