- Chinese researchers have designed a 500-megapixel facial recognition camera
- The camera can identify faces in massive crowds
The development of a 500-megapixel facial recognition camera by scientists at the Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has changed the game for surveillance systems.
The camera, which is intended to identify faces in large crowds, is said to be four times more accurate than the average human eye. While artificial intelligence (AI) for facial recognition is already well developed, this is the first device to use AI to accurately pick out faces from crowds.
Nicknamed the “Super Camera”, it recently made its debut at the International Industry Fair. Working wirelessly through a cloud connection, the camera uses AI to track people in a crowd. The camera’s accuracy is significantly better than previous surveillance cameras.
The camera faced many difficulties in its development due to its large scope and the quantity of data it processes creates enormous files. The scientists had to engineer it to manage this large capacity. Another challenge was ensuring that processing and identification is done in real-time.
The AI-based camera does pose privacy concerns. The camera’s developers believe the use of the cameras need to be regulated. However, the system can identify criminals and aid in their prosecution, which is a benefit.
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