A Chinese man who was wanted by the police for "economic crimes" was arrested at a music concert in China after facial recognition technology discovered him on the spot, according to Abacus.
The man was attending a concert by Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, when security cameras recognized him. According to the South China Morning Post, the man, identified only by the surname Ao, was surprised when the police approached him. Ao had driven 56 miles with his wife to attend the concert, telling the authorities that he felt safe among the crowd, which is estimated at more than 50,000, and that he would never have left if he had thought there was a possibility that he would be identified. . "It was suspected that Ao was involved in an economic crime and was included in a national online system," said police officer Li Jin. "I was very shocked and had a blank face when we caught him."
This is not the first time that China's facial recognition technology catches criminals at public events. Last year, 25 wanted individuals were arrested at a beer festival when the cameras at the entrances pointed to the faces of the subjects. Police in Zhengzhou are also testing eyeglasses with face recognition built into select train stations, saying it has already helped capture seven wanted suspects in important cases, as well as 26 people traveling with false identities. Technology is also being used in more innocuous ways, such as order payment at a KFC in Hangzhou.
China has increased tracking technologies in recent years, becoming a state of technological vigilance flourishing. One estimate suggests that the country will have more than 600 million CCTV cameras by 2020, and the country will institute a "social credit" system beginning in May that will rob low-income citizens in a way that prohibits them from buying tickets. plane or train to go up to a year.