The next time a police officer in black-tinted glasses gawks at you, they may be pulling up your personal information.
Security personnel at Zhengzhou East Railway Station donned the new accessories ahead of the Chinese New Year travel rush to help them verify passengers’ identities, spot impostors — and even catch suspected criminals.
Spring Festival, or the lunar new year, is one of the busiest travel periods in China, putting immense pressure on the country’s transportation networks.
The glasses — which resemble Google Glass — are connected to a police database that can match passengers with criminal suspects.
In a similar move, train stations in major Chinese cities including Zhengzhou introduced a “face-swiping” check-in service during the lunar new year holiday in 2017.
China has pursued an ambitious plan to develop its AI sector in recent years, with police departments across the country implementing facial recognition technology.
(A police officer wears glasses equipped with facial recognition technology in Zhengzhou, Henan province, Feb. 5, 2018. »