Chinese Police Just Caught A Wanted Criminal At A Crowded Concert Using Facial Recognition

By on April 16, 2018
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A wanted Chinese criminal, accused of “economic crimes”, was arrested at a music concert in the country this week after facial recognition technology picked him out of the crowd at the venue.

According to local reports, the man was attending a Jacky Cheung concert in Jiangxi province, when security cameras spotted and identified him. The man was shocked when the police approached him at the scene, as he had driven 90 kilometres with his wife to attend the concert and felt he was safe in the 50,000-strong crowd.

Identified only by his family name Ao, he said he wouldn’t have attended the concert if he thought there was a chance he would be identified. “Ao was suspected to be involved in an economic crime and was listed on a national online system,” a local police officer said. “He was very shocked and had a blank face when we caught him.”

It’s another win for China’s facial recognition technology, which has been put to use for a while now catching criminals at public events. Last year, police managed to arrest 25 wanted criminals at a beer festival when cameras positioned at the entrances flagged them. Zhengzhou police have also been successful in apprehending criminals at crowded train stations, thanks to newly implemented smart glasses with facial recognition software. They’ve so far captured seven suspects wanted in major cases, and 26 others traveling under false identities.

In the recent past, China has been steadily ramping up its surveillance methods, using it for security, policing, traffic cams, and even in commercial applications. Heck, the country is even commencing a “social credit” system in May that will punish citizens possessing a social score with travel restrictions and more.

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