Face-recognition spectacles to help Shenzhen customs

Top News | Staff Reporter 6 Dec 2019

Shenzhen customs officers are now equipped with intelligent spectacles that have facial-recognition features powered by 5G to inspect travelers crossing the boundary checkpoints.

The spectacles can recognize faces and highlight suspicious and high-risk travelers that need further inspection.

First used at the Shenzhen Bay Port checkpoint for two weeks, the spectacles proved to be useful in helping officers identify high-risk travelers. In one case, it helped officers detect multiple people who were smuggling expensive electronics.

When a high-risk traveler passes by the customs checkpoint, the officer wearing the spectacles will hear a siren emitting from the arms of the glasses, while a red frame will be projected around the face of the targeted traveler on the screen of a tablet. Officers will then stop them for enhanced body and luggage checks to prevent smuggling.

The names, travel documents and histories of the traveler will also pop up to help customs seize and search these high-risk travelers.

Every day, around 600,000 people cross the boundary between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The large cross-border traffic means the Shenzhen customs face higher risks of smuggling and more difficulties in identifying these cases.

A spokesman for the Shenzhen customs said the spectacles use 5G technology which allows extremely speedy transmission of information, so that a smart camera and big data analyzing tools can examine the information transmitted from its database.

"It strengthens the identification of high-risk travelers and allows officers to locate them with higher efficiency, thus more effective law enforcement," he said.

Meanwhile, high-definition cameras at the corridors of the passenger hall will also capture the faces of travelers and match them with the customs' big data system.

Within one second, the facial recognition system will finish analysis and notify officers on whether it has found any travelers that are listed as high-risk.

Sources reveal that the Shenzhen customs is still perfecting the application of 5G smart cameras and spectacles, and will deploy such technology in more cross-boundary checkpoints in the future.

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