Even Mask-Wearers Can Be Identified, China Facial Recognition Firm Says
Hanwang Technology, which also goes by the English name Hanvon, said it has come up technology that can successfully recognise people even when they are wearing masks.
A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease. China employs some of the world’s most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance, including facial recognition. But the coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus – posing a particular problem for surveillance.
Now Hanwang Technology, which also goes by the English name Hanvon, said it has come up technology that can successfully recognise people even when they are wearing masks.
“If connected to a temperature sensor, it can measure body temperature while identifying the person’s name, and then the system would process the result, say, if it detects a temperature over 38 degrees,” Hanwang Vice President Huang Lei told Reuters in an interview.
The Beijing-based firm said a team of 20 staff used core technology developed over the past 10 years, a sample database of about 6 million unmasked faces and a much smaller database of masked faces, to develop the technology,
The team began work on the system in January, as the coronavirus outbreak gathered pace, and began rolling it out to the market after just a month.