Chinese Scientists Develop Camera That Can Capture Thousands of Faces in

Chinese Scientists Develop Camera That Can Capture Thousands of Faces in 'Perfect Detail'

The new system may advance the country’s widespread use of surveillance technology in public spaces.

Chinese researchers have developed a camera system capable of capturing thousands of faces in a stadium in perfect detail and send that facial data to the cloud, according to a report from the China News Service.

The AI-enabling 500-megapixel cloud system aims to allow operators to locate a particular person in an instant through taking panoramic photos. The scientists at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Changchun say the resolution of the system is five times the 120-million pixel resolution of the human eye.

In addition, the report found that the system could detect and identify faces or other objects based on its massive data collection in order to find targets. That outcome is possible if the system works in tandem with AI, facial recognition tech, real-time monitoring and cloud computing technology.

People around the world would be able to log into the cloud data center to access the tool, according to Zeng Xiaoyang, one of the scientists who developed the system. He said it is designed for public security purposes in order to monitor crowds in real time, according to The Global Times.

Security experts in China expressed excitement at the potential military and public security implementations the system could have. China is already one of the most widely surveilled countries in the world thanks to widespread video surveillance systems deployed by the government.

Even Zeng, the scientist who helped to develop the system, said that the camera provoked privacy concerns. He said laws and regulations should be put in place to “standardize” the application of the camera, according to The Global Times.

But critics say that the country is moving ahead with surveillance technology in ways that limit its people’s freedoms, and they don’t see it slowing down now.

“China is aggressively restricting people's freedom of movement within the country. CCTV cameras and face recognition have a big role to play in that," Paul Bischoff, the editor of Comparitech, told the South China Morning Post after his publication released a report on the world’s most surveilled cities.

About the Author

Haley Samsel is an Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.

Featured

  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    The Importance of Proactive Security Measures: 4 Stories of Regret

    We all want to believe that crime won’t happen to us. So, some business owners hope for the best and put proactive security measures on the back burner, because other things like growth, attracting new customers, and meeting deadlines all seem more pressing. Read Now

  • Securing the Flow of Operations

    The transportation industry is a complex and dynamic environment where efficient management of physical keys, vehicles and shared devices is critical to ensuring smooth operations, reducing costs and maintaining security. Every day, more transportation facilities are using modern electronic key and asset management systems to better secure, audit and manage the important assets that keep operations running smoothly. Read Now

  • Today's Enterprise

    Protecting servers and data has evolved rapidly over the past 15-plus years. Early on, concerns centered around the environmental conditions of where servers were housed within a building and the effects of humidity, temperature and air quality on their performance. This led to a better understanding of the need for a controlled environment to maximize equipment lifespan and capacity. It was also a driving force behind consolidating servers in a common space, i.e., the data center. Read Now

  • Study Proves It: Security Awareness Training Reduces Phishing Attacks

    Attackers are increasingly targeting human-based vulnerabilities to infiltrate organizations. Humans have direct access to insider systems and data – any threat actor can easily phish users, steal their credentials and secure keys to the kingdom without having to fight advanced cybersecurity defenses. Studies show social engineering attacks and human errors are behind 68% of all breaches.  Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

Webinars

New Products

  • ResponderLink

    ResponderLink

    Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an Alarm.com company and a global leader in gunshot detection solutions, has introduced ResponderLink, a groundbreaking new 911 notification service for gunshot events. ResponderLink completes the circle from detection to 911 notification to first responder awareness, giving law enforcement enhanced situational intelligence they urgently need to save lives. Integrating SDS’s proven gunshot detection system with Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, ResponderLink is the first solution to automatically deliver real-time gunshot detection data to 911 call centers and first responders. When shots are detected, the 911 dispatching center, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP, is contacted based on the gunfire location, enabling faster initiation of life-saving emergency protocols. 3

  • Compact IP Video Intercom

    Viking’s X-205 Series of intercoms provide HD IP video and two-way voice communication - all wrapped up in an attractive compact chassis. 3

  • FEP GameChanger

    FEP GameChanger

    Paige Datacom Solutions Introduces Important and Innovative Cabling Products GameChanger Cable, a proven and patented solution that significantly exceeds the reach of traditional category cable will now have a FEP/FEP construction. 3