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In China, even how you walk is under surveillance

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CRIMINALS beware! Those balaclavas may not conceal your identities as well as they used to.

Authorities in China can now identify people even when their face is not visible, thanks to a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software.

The software, which uses people’s body shape and the way they walk to recognise someone – is currently being deployed in Shanghai and Beijing as part of China’s broader push to integrate artificial intelligence technology to establish a data-driven surveillance system.

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Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix AI, the firm that developed the system, said it is capable of identifying people from up t0 50 meters away, even with face covered or back turned.

This innovation could potentially fill the gap left by prevailing facial recognition technology which requires high-resolution, close-up........

© Asian Correspondent