Police Body Review After CCTV Fiasco.

An organisation of top police officers criticised for placing "spy cameras" in parts of Birmingham is undergoing a major review and "will not continue in its present form", it has been revealed. Birmingham City Council's community safety scrutiny committee called for the position of the Association of Chief Police Officers, or ACPO, to be considered following its inquiry into the controversial siting of a ring of anti-terror spy cameras around Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath, under a scheme known as Project Champion. It emerged during the investigation that ACPO, through its Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee, had directed the spending of pounds 3 million of Home Office cash on the 217 CCTV and automatic number plate recognition camera network and that the system was installed without full consultation with either the city council, local communities and even the West Midlands Police Authority.


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ACPO is a private limited company and is suppose to advise and support police forces on the development and implementation of best practice in policing standards. But in recent years it has been surrounded by controversy, not only over the Project Champion issue. West Midlands Police Authority chairman Bishop Derek Webley confirmed that a full review of ACPO and its responsibilities by the Home Office is now under way.

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TGW LPR Applicable Now For All Characters Even Mongolian Difficult Characters
TGW LPR Applicable Now For All Characters Even Mongolian Difficult Characters
  In China, on March 5, 2021, after the Lunar New Year half a month, the division TGW breakthrough upgrade completed the complicated Mongolian characters' total output. Since the Mongolian municipal government installed the first license plate recognition parking device in 2018, customer feedback has had several complex characters with recognition results. Still, the output of the display has not been achieved. In two years, TGW in Mongolia gradually installed 58 parking projects. Customers continue to support our training algorithm, providing many pictures and project case pictures for us to do training updates.   The previous equipment commonly used a display chip of the original word library for the global license plate recognition. It can identify the number plate as the first step to achieve, but after identification can be output. Through hardware interaction, it is displayed on the LED screen, which is to accomplish another stage. Mongolian used in Mongolian has 29 letters. Based on the Hui letter, the Mongolian letter represents the vowel 5, representing the consonant 24, spelling in words up and down the book, and the text from left to right. Mongolia and Inner Mongolia have different standard dialect definitions: Outer Mongolia is the most authentic of the Carkar-Mongolian dialects located in the capital Ulaanbaatar. On the other hand, Inner Mongolia takes the Chahar Mongolian language of the positive blue flag in the middle of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as the standard dialect. Also, Mongolian has dialects from other regions. Therefore, the scope of the word library determines the range of text can be displayed, after a long period of preparation and testing, again and again, I division finally in December 2020 to complete the upgrade of all Mongolian character library, after several months of testing, the full line of market use. The original character library is difficult to output the Д, Ө and other characters. All can be displayed and recognized in the software. The training of algorithms and the guarantee of result output are a booster for license plate recognition projects throughout the Mongolian market. There will be more solutions and engineering companies that will continue to tap into local resources and needs. This coverage is contributed by Shenzhen TigerWong Technology Co., Ltd., one of the professional, smart access control solution suppliers rich inexperience. Concurrently, TGW is the one and only manufacturer in the world offering an LPR system in the parking lot that is surprisingly capable of identifying miscellaneous license plate numbers from all countries. For more info about TGW, click through About TGW.
2021 04 12
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Thane Municipal Corporation:  Face Recognition Device to Mark Attendance of Thane Municipal Corporat
Thane Municipal Corporation: Face Recognition Device to Mark Attendance of Thane Municipal Corporat
THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning a face recognition device as part of the biometric attendance system to ensure better accountability of civic officials. If sources are to be believed, then the TMC will be the first civic body to install this kind of technology in its day-to-day functioning. The decision comes on the backdrop of various complaints of manipulation in the thumb biometric machine among civic officials of various rankings. The installation will take place in two phases. The civic body has invited bids for the same and the system may be installed in December, said a TMC source. The budget for this face recognition attendance system is pegged at around Rs 10 lakh. -Nishikant Karlikar The face recognition biometric attendance systems will keep track of the entry and exit time of every employee, and will help to mitigate false attendance or tampering the thumb machines. In the first phase, 17 units will be installed at the TMC headquarters in Panchpakhadi and the nine ward offices. If it is successful, other civic buildings will also install the machines. The new system aims at registering the attendance of TMC employees with face recognition devices. This is expected to improve delivery of various services to offices having public interface. A TMC source said, "Presently, the TMC thumb biometric machines installed in various departments of TMC to register the daily attendance however, it has come to our notice that the present system of thumb impression has been tampered by some of the employees and has been misused hence, the decision of installing the face recognition devices had been taken up." The TMC has also invited bids who will help them to install the system that will capture the images of the employees along with the other related software that will unable to bring in transparency in the working of TMC. The TMC is technical specification which shall have face recognition based attendance machines with Sim connectivity in addition to the attendance mgmt. software with installation, configuration & support. Once the system is installed, any staff member who comes in front of the machine the device collects and consolidates data and recognises the retina of eye and face structure and marks the attendance. The source added that the device will be sim based and will be complete wireless connectivity this will unable the civic staff to carry it anywhere in their building and there will be cent percent accuracy. Also, there shall be three years comprehensive warranty on the technology which will be with the service provider. The budget of the implementation shall be roughly around Rs 10 lakh and could possibly be installed in the month of December. Download The Times of India News App for Latest City .
2021 03 26
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Nevada Students to Live in Hotel-casino After Dorm Blast
Nevada Students to Live in Hotel-casino After Dorm Blast
RENO, Nev. (AP) The University of Nevada, Reno, signed a $21.7 million lease agreement Thursday to house 1,300 students at a hotel-casino for the coming school year after a natural gas explosion in July forced two dorms to close.Students will live in single and double rooms in a non-gambling hotel tower across the street from Circus Circus separate from the casino. UNR President Marc Johnson announced the deal with a subsidiary of Eldorado Resorts, owner of the hotel-casino a half-mile (1 kilometer) from campus in the main casino district."The university community is fortunate that our longtime community partner Eldorado Resorts understands what the needs of our program are and has agreed to work with us on transitioning their property into a residence space where our students will live, study and thrive," Johnson said.A July 5 explosion in a basement boiler room at Argenta Hall led to a much larger gas blast that blew out walls and windows but caused only minor injuries to eight people.Argenta Hall and neighboring Nye Hall, which also was damaged, both will remain closed for a year or longer. School officials hope to reopen Nye Hall in August 2020 and Argenta Hall in August 2021.Johnson said the school's insurance claim will help finance the one-year lease that covers the entire west tower of Circus Circus, a block west of the main building. A second-floor skywalk and tram connects the buildings.Students will have separate non-casino entrances with a key-card entry system, around-the-clock security and shuttle buses to campus, Johnson said. They'll also have free use of one of the hotel-casino's parking garages where about 300 university staff and faculty members already park and walk to campus.Rates will be the same as at on-campus dorms, about $5,600 a year for double rooms.The casino itself has a circus theme with a carnival midway on the second floor filled with arcade games surrounding a stage with circus acts, including acrobats, trained animals and trapeze artists.Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of Eldorado Resorts, said his company is honored to partner with the university to provide "a workable solution to its unexpected student housing needs.""Eldorado Resorts will do everything within our reach to ensure that Wolf Pack students are provided a quality living experience," he said, referring to the school's nickname.Students enrolled for the fall semester are scheduled to begin moving into residence halls on Aug. 17. None have received their housing assignments because the two dorms were closed, but those will be sent out Friday now that the hotel deal is complete, school officials said.The cause of the initial explosion in the basement boiler room at the dorm remains under investigation.State Fire Marshal Bart Chambers said it occurred while a contractor was working on the boiler that had developed mechanical problems and had been shut down earlier in the week.Preliminary information showed the initial blast started a small fire that was extinguished by sprinkler systems. Chambers said natural gas started leaking from a feeder line to the boiler, but investigators have not yet determined how the gas ignited.
2021 03 26
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Vandalism Leaves Ancaster Well Users Dry Over Long Weekend
Vandalism Leaves Ancaster Well Users Dry Over Long Weekend
Vandalism to a gate lock closed the Ancaster well to users over the Victoria Day weekend, the first shutdown since the introduction of a swipe-card entry system in January. Scott Peck, deputy chief administrative officer for the Hamilton Conservation Authority, said the culprit apparently repeatedly battered the lock with a blunt object during the day on May 18, rendering it inoperable. Whether it was a hammer or whatever it was, it was just hit to the point where it wasnt functioning properly anymore, he said. Peck said staff decided to issue a work order and close the well rather than allow unfettered access to the water, which would have contravened provincial regulations and rules put in place by authority directors. He said the repair wasnt expensive, but meant the well couldnt be reopened until about noon on May 22. It is staff time and the materials, so any time that we have to do this sort of thing it does cost time and money, Peck said. Amid vocal opposition from some users, authority directors approved the swipe-card setup last fall as part of measures to no longer have the well classified as a public drinking water system. The changes relieve the wells water from a new arsenic limit of 10 parts per billion that took effect on Jan. 1. Though no longer tested, its arsenic has typically ranged between 17 and 23 parts per billion below the old maximum of 25. Peck said 640 people to date have paid the one-time fee of $10 for a swipe card and signed a waiver indemnifying the authority against any legal liability for ignoring warnings to not drink the water. A prominent sign at the well also cautions the water is not for human consumption, with a second sign providing details on the elevated arsenic and sodium levels. The systems working well, Peck said. People are getting their passes and theyre getting their water from it. We monitor the site on a daily basis to make sure that the gate is closed. Save Our Spring, a group that continues to push for unrestricted access to the water, blasted the temporary shutdown as a bold move that has outraged the community. Spokesperson Joanne Turnell said she received calls from people who visited the well and couldnt see obvious evidence of vandalism. They have an obligation to the community to keep the water flowing, whether its behind the fence or otherwise, she said, insisting only a warning sign is needed. A lot of people were really concerned about it.
2021 03 26
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Wal-mart Snubs Apple Pay and Samsung to Launch Its Own Mobile Payment System
Wal-mart Snubs Apple Pay and Samsung to Launch Its Own Mobile Payment System
The mobile payment wars are heating up.Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.It started testing the new payment feature at its stores in the Bentonville, Arkansas area, where the retailer is based, and plans to launch the payment system called Walmart Pay in all 4,500-plus U.S. stores in early next year.Scroll down for videoIt's part of Wal-Mart's overall mobile strategy to making shopping easier and faster, but the launch is the latest salvo in the battle for mobile payments that's in the early stages.Wal-Mart has moved into the field as Apple's one-year-old tap-and-pay system is being expanded to other merchants like Best Buy and KFC and several months after Google launched the Android Pay mobile wallet app and Samsung came out with Samsung Pay.They're all trying to get a piece of what could be a very lucrative business, but none of them have cracked the market so far.The move signals that Walmart believes it's best to build its own system to better serve its customers, even as it backs a retail industrywide mobile payment program that is in test phase.'We are creating a seamless shopping experience that includes payment,' Neil Ashe, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's global eCommerce, told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.'It's fast. It's simple, and it's a secure way for customers to use their smartphone.'Twenty-two million customers use the Wal-Mart app each month, and more than half of Wal-Mart's online orders are now coming from a mobile device. This holiday season, Wal-Mart added new features like allowing online shoppers to check in once they get to the parking lot so they could have their online orders ready for pickup.Wal-Mart executives said that after evaluating various mobile options, they found that they had different constraints, working only on certain devices or payment types.Apple Pay requires iPhones. But Google's own tap-and-pay services, Android Pay and Samsung's Samsung Pay require Android phones.However, Ashe and Daniel Eckert, Wal-Mart's senior vice president of services, told reporters the system is designed to integrate with other payment applications like Apple Pay if the retailer decides to include them.Wal-Mart's move could be a blow to Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, set up a few years ago by a consortium of retailers and restaurants to create an industrywide mobile payment system. Wal-Mart has been a key player.But Wal-Mart executives told reporters they remain excited about the MCX pilot program for the payment system called 'CurrentC.'A pilot test is being conducted in Columbus, Ohio, and it involves Wal-Mart and 10 other retailers.Nevertheless, Eckert noted, 'We are listening to the needs of the customer. We are looking at innovating the checkout experience and using payment to do that.'Mobile-payment services from Apple, Google and Samsung all rely on wireless technology called NFC.The customer merely taps the phone next to a payment machine at the store and authorizes the purchase, usually with a fingerprint ID.But it works only in stores with newer, NFC equipment.Samsung goes further in offering a backup: The phone can mimic the old-school magnetic signals produced by card swipes and work with most existing equipment.JPMorgan Chase, meanwhile, is working on its own system for mobile payments. But Chase Pay won't use NFC when it debuts next year. Rather, it will rely on QR that can be scanned by a register.All of these services offer security benefits: They store and transmit an alternate card number that's generated by the card issuer.The merchant never gets the real card number, so it remains safe even if the store's system gets hacked.With Wal-Mart Pay, the company says no card information is stored on the phone, but the real card number is still stored at what it says is a secure data center.The retail consortium's CurrentC system is similar to Apple - but customers don't use a fingerprint, and it doesn't use NFC technology. Customers scan a QR code on the reader.
2021 03 26
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Making the Switch to a Card Entry System
Making the Switch to a Card Entry System
As a commercial business, dealing with keys can often be a messy affair. Keys can be easily duplicated, not tell you anything about who or when a person is entering, and it can be difficult to determine who has one and what they're using it for. Moreover, if employees leave a company, locks often have to be changed. If they aren't, your assets can be made vulnerable. Why go through all that hassle? While retina scanners and fingerprint readers are still too expensive to be used by a majority of companies, a card entry system is a viable option. Card entry systems are much preferred by many professional industries. The benefits of switching to this kind of security system are major and include: - Risk reduction - With a card entry system you can limit the times and the people who have access to your assets. Unauthorized persons have no way of gaining entry into your space. - Sense of security: visitors are prohibited from certain areas. This gives employees more tranquility at work, because there are fewer distractions and disruptions. - Keep track of employees: Card systems allow you to know where employees are, when. In case of an emergency, you can easily count employees because you know where everyone is. - Identification, etc: Using card systems, you can easily identify all aspects of an employee's background, such as telephone number, social security number and any other relevant information. - Restrictions: Allowing access to certain employees at certain times can prove to be a valuable ability, especially if there are unauthorized areas of your building. - Temporary Employees: If you allow cleaners to have access to your building after hours, you can easily program them entry according to a specific schedule. - Automation: Card entry systems can be programmed to lock according to business hours. This ensures efficiency by preventing patrons from accessing your building when they aren't supposed to, and it obviates the presence of an expensive security guard. Your air conditioning system can also be programmed to work according to a card based schedule. - Turnstiles: Card systems are perfect for allowing one person access at a time, preventing employees trailing one another. - Real Time: You can view everything occur as it happens. A benefit of this is that you can see how much time is being spent where, and also view attendance records for different areas. This is especially helpful in an apartment complex where attendance records for the pool, fitness areas, and spas are important to maintenance. The overall result is a combination of efficiency and safety. If you want to make the switch to a card entry system, call a commercial locksmith today. One of your local locksmiths has the capability to move your system of entry from the traditional lock and key system to a more efficient card entry system. To make your business feel safer and more secure, don't delay in calling a commercial locksmith.
2021 03 26
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License Plate Recognition System - Alerts on Stolen Vehicle
License Plate Recognition System - Alerts on Stolen Vehicle
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) is a group supervision method that uses optical character detection on images to examine the license plates on a vehicle. Licence plate recognition can be used to store the images that have been captured by the camera and the text of the number plate. Some of the systems can even store the photographic image of the driver of the vehicle. This technology is used in safety and traffic application worldwide. License plate recognition technology and ANPR has gained popularity in security and traffic applications as it is based on the fact that all vehicles have a license plate and there is no need to install any additional tracking apparatus. The main advantage is that the system stores the image record for future references. The system uses lighting (such as Infra-red) and a camera to take the image of the front or rear of the vehicle which is then analyzed by image-processing software, which extracts the image and the plate information. This data is then used for enforcement or record collection and maintenance. License plate recognition system or Automatic number plate recognition systems have the following components: 1. License plate capture camera - which captures the images 2. Lighting mostly infra-red, which the driver cannot recognize 3. Framework that is a connection between the image capturing unit and the computer and the software 4. A computer or PC which runs the system 5. The software that is used by the system. 6. The proceedings are recorded on a database which includes the images of the license plate and the driver face if that option is present in the system. 7. The system also uses other hardware including an automatic license plate reader. Car Detector has two different models or variations: 1. Fixed Camera LPR systems: CarDetector records and informs the concerned authorities regarding any unauthorized vehicles that travel through the chosen security zone, even if the vehicle is moving. The system records the time of detection, the plate number and image and the entire car image if required. 2. Mobile LPR Systems (CDMS): This is designed for mobile law enforcement vehicles. The system automatically detects the vehicle and extracts the plate image, which is then analyzed and matched with the existing database. This helps the police in detecting stolen or suspect vehicles.
2021 03 26
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What Is the Use of the Number Plate Recognition System
What Is the Use of the Number Plate Recognition System
In the world of today, where the technology is constantly evolving, it is hard to keep a track of the various crimes and thefts that are happening. Especially when it comes to vehicle theft, it is often very difficult to track down vehicles, which are stolen all of a sudden, and they can never be easily recovered.In the year of 1976, a new technology evolved from behind the scene and it was known to be the ANPR or the automatic number plate recognition system. The ANPR or the automatic number plate recognition system is today used for many tasks as in synchronization with cameras and mobile phones. Several objects of lighting such as the Appian strobe light etc is used with the technology of the number plate recognition.The number plate recognition system is used for many a reason. Firstly, it is often used for collection of electronic toll taxes and also for maintaining the parking laws, rules and regulation. Secondly, in case of maintaining the traffic rules such as taking the details of the driver with the car who is driving above a particular speed limit can easily be executed by using the ANPR technology.The Appian strobe light in this case is a wonderful piece of technology, which is particularly used for surveillance purposes. The Appian strobe light is particularly used in high security areas and also by several police vehicles in maintaining the traffic laws.The ANPR or the number plate recognition technology is now a day used by several countries such as by the England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany etc. In these countries, the technology has become quite famous in no time and for this reason, several companies have come up offering products related to patrol and surveillance, which are particularly based on the ANPR technology.The automatic number plate recognition may be an instant hit with the police of various countries and in areas where high security and surveillance is required, however, such a system have got its own disadvantages.Firstly, in case of the ANPR or the automatic number plate recognition system, the images of the number plate or of any object which is taken by using the optical character reader technology may get blurred mainly due to the reason of motion blurring for which the picture seems to be hazy when uploaded in the database.Secondly, the technology often uses low-resolution images for which the images are not actually visible properly in every case.
2021 03 26
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License Plate Camera Grant Secured by Sheriff's Office; Bridgeton to Receive One of Six
License Plate Camera Grant Secured by Sheriff's Office; Bridgeton to Receive One of Six
BRIDGETON Driver be aware; six license plate recognition systems will likely be on law enforcement vehicles come June.The technology automatically and continuously scans vehicles license plates, whether parked or in motion.It then scans a database for a match, providing owner and vehicle information.Cumberland County Sheriff Robert Austino said that his office acquired a Homeland Security grant of roughly $159,000.The county Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution at their March 22 meeting that would seek bids for six of these instruments.Why six Aside from the grant covering the cost of that total, One for each city, one for the Prosecutors Office and two for the Sheriffs Department, said Austino.He hopes that bids come in and the systems are installed by June.Once installed, the system can locate, identify, capture, process and scan for information related to a vehicles license plate.The cameras would be mounted between the lightbar and the vehicles roof. Some hardwiring is needed for the on board computer system.The infrared cameras used for documenting are not inhibited by most weather conditions, sun glare or darkness. Camera flash and shutter settings adjust to outside conditions.The vehicle-mounted versions of these cameras arent cheap, most come in at an average of around $20,000 per unit.ELSAG North America Law Enforcement Systems produces the MPH-900, a prevalent scanner model. Their website provides lease options, associated costs and even a page dedicated to grant assistance.Austino noted the numerous benefits of these systems over officers who would manually enter license plate digits into a computer system.Everything is done automatically, he said and that the driver would be alerted is the system found an issue in the database.Aside from the overall logging of license plate characters and pertaining information, Austino said each camera creates its own database.There are criminal ends too, he said.Using a murder scenario as an example, Austino said his department could check the database to see if they ever scanned the victims car.He also mentioned an incident from May of last year. A van parked in Times Square N.Y. with a possible bomb inside was discovered by police. The Federal Bureau of Investigation put out a call to anyone with license plate readers to see if they had logged the vans plates before.Bridgeton Police Chief Mark Ott said the camera his department is receiving would be installed on one of their patrol cars.He said the system had many uses once up and running. It can identify potentially stolen cars, granted the proper license plates are still on.It can detect unregistered cars or cars with out-of-date registration. It can also detect warrants, fines or failure to appear charges that are associated with the vehicles registered owner.However, the registered owner would need to be behind the wheel when the officer made the motor vehicle stop.When asked about fictitious license plates and how the system would respond to reading one, Ott said We dont have a whole lot of fictitious plate manufacturing going on.He said there are cases of it, though.More often than not, valid plates and registration have been swapped from a registered vehicle to an unregistered one, according to Ott.He said that case would still be fictitious under the law but a plate scan would come up clean.
2021 03 26
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Using Smartphones to Pay? That's so Yesterday in China
Using Smartphones to Pay? That's so Yesterday in China
Chinese technology giants have leapfrogged U.S. companies in popularizing mobile payments. Now, they are trying to get people to bypass their smartphones and make payments by simply looking into screens.Ant Financial Services Group andTencent HoldingsLtd.,rivals that operate, respectively, Alipay and WeChat Pay, Chinas two largest mobile-payments networks, are competing for dominance in the next stage of Chinas cashless society. Each is racing to install its own branded facial-recognition screens at retail points-of-sale all over the country, marketing the screens as a way to speed up sales and improve efficiency.In the space of a few months, the two giants have rolled out two competing systems and an upgrade. In December, Ants Alipay, which has more than 700 million active users in China, was first to launch a facial-recognition payment machine for checkout cashiers. Ant is an affiliate ofAlibaba Group HoldingLtd. Then, in March, Shenzhen-based Tencent unveiled its WeChat Pay system that can either scan QR codes on peoples phones or scan their faces, based on individuals preferences. The following month, Ant rolled out an upgraded Alipay facial-recognition system that was smallerroughly the size of an iPad Miniand cost 1,999 yuan (about $290), about one-third less than Alipays first facial-recognition payment system.Analysts say the machines are here to stay.In China, facial recognition has developed into a fairly mature state and will likely be adopted as a standard feature for cashless transactions in the future, says Zheng Qingzheng, an analyst with Suning Financial Research Institute.SAN FRANCISCO BECOMES FIRST MAJOR US CITY TO OUTLAW POLICE USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITIONThe moves are notable because Alipay and WeChat Pay together already handle close to 90% of Chinas third-party mobile payments market, where transactions totaled 160 trillion yuan ($23.16 trillion) last year, according to BigData-Research, a Beijing-based firm focused on the internet industry.Alipay and WeChat Pay collect small fees from retailers when people use their payment networks, and as growth slows in user numbers and transaction volumes, both are fighting to get customers to use their services more. In April, Ant said it plans to spend 3 billion yuan ($434 million) subsidizing merchants that purchase the new devices and providing financial rebates to shoppers who make purchases with it.Neither company has disclosed how many merchants have adopted the new technology so far. But facial-recognition machines accepting Alipay or WeChat Pay have appeared on vending machines, in grocery stores and even in hospitals across the country. The devices of both companies contain three-dimensional cameras to capture enough facial details to verify identities.China has been at the forefront of developing facial-recognition technology, which is now used in everything from government and corporate surveillance of citizens and employees, to toilet-paper dispensers in public bathrooms. Both Ant and Tencent have invested in other companies that specialize in facial-recognition technology. Facial-recognition software leaders SenseTime raised hundreds of millions of dollars from Alibaba, while Megvii received investments from both Alibaba and Ant Financial in private funding rounds. Ant in 2016 also acquired EyeVerify, based in Kansas City, Mo., which changed its name to Zoloz the following year.In Hangzhou, where Ant is based, a KFC outlet was the first store in China to use Alipays facial-recognition payment technology. First-time users have to link the service to their Alipay accounts by entering a phone number, then they can use the machines to make payments without their mobile phones.Wedome, a Chinese bakery chain, is using Alipays latest facial-identifying payment machines at more than 300 of its retail stores and in outlets without cashiers, where people can pick up cakes and bread from display shelves and check out items on their own.Hu Bo, Wedomes chief information officer, says the facial-recognition payment machines have helped increase the efficiency of the chains human cashiers by more than 60%. At some stores, he says, more than 70% of customers are now choosing to pay by scanning their faces.DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS SLAM 'UNREGULATED' FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGYPrivacy concerns are a potential issue. A 2018 survey by the Payment & Clearing Association of China found that 85% of mobile-payments users surveyed were willing to make payments using biometric methods such as facial and fingerprint identification, but more than 70% cited safety of their personal data as their biggest concern.Some users also say the facial-recognition technology hasnt been as seamless as they expected. Zhang Lingling, a 31-year-old employee at a financial company in Nanjing, says she paid for a bottle of water using Alipays machine at a train station in March but found the process cumbersome.It was her first time and she had to try repeatedly before she could link an image of her face to her Alipay account. On another occasion, when Ms. Zhang tried to make a payment, the machines camera was unable to capture an image of her entire face because the camera was too high. I only tried out of curiosity, but wont use it if Im running out of time, Ms. Zhang says.Wang Haowei, a 19-year-old English major at a university in Hangzhou, says he likes to pay at convenience stores and vending machines on campus by scanning his face.It is super convenient, he says. And, since it works without a smartphone, he says, it eliminates worries about being unable to make a payment using a smartphone when the battery is low.Click here to read more from The Wall Street Journal, where this story was first published.
2021 03 26
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