Police in China have been testing sunglasses with built-in facial recognition since at least last month to catch suspects and people traveling with false identities. Now China is expanding the facial recognition sunglasses program as police are starting to use them outside Beijing, according to Reuters. The program was used as additional security, while Parliament voted to extend the presidency of Xi Jinping to a rule for life, and paralleled the increasing censorship and surveillance measures seen throughout China.
The police used sunglasses to control travelers and license plates against the government's blacklist before the annual meeting of Parliament last weekend. The Chinese government has a list of people who are not allowed to enter the meeting and may face additional compliance actions. The blacklist includes criminals, journalists, political dissidents and human rights activists, among others.
Previously, the glasses had only been tested at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. By February 8, police had allegedly trapped seven suspects and 26 travelers using false identities.
The sunglasses are controlled by a mobile unit and cost $ 636 (3,999 RMB), with an additional cost for facial recognition. They provide the police with "instant and accurate comments" compared to the delay and static use of facial recognition through CCTV, Wu Fei, CEO of LLVision Technology, based in Beijing, told the Wall Street Journal last month. .