Facial Recognition

Last week, police identified and apprehended a man at a music concert amidst a crowd of 60,000 people.

The suspect had travelled over 50 miles to a concert in the south-eastern city of Nanchang, accompanied by his wife and friends.

Within minutes of the gig starting, police approached him to say that they had recognised his facial features and he was wanted in connection with an ‘economic crime’ they had investigated in a neighbouring region.

Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

Here’s how it works: Police wear ‘facial recognition glasses’. These are basically sunglasses with a camera built in, that transmit images of people’s faces back to a central database. If there’s a match between individuals and an unsolved crime, police are told to detain the suspect.

Thanks to this technology, at a train station last month, police detained 33 people for crimes including kidnapping, hit-and-run and using false IDs.

Facial recognition really does work - and in China it’s proving effective in helping the police force do their everyday job.