China Jaywalking Facial Recognition Guide

By Charles Rollet, Published May 27, 2019, 08:37am EDT

News reports touting the PRC's AI prowess often showcase facial recognition cameras being used to automatically catch and fine jaywalkers.

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In this report, we explain how the technology works and examine how common/effective the systems actually are, including:

  • Motivation For Systems
  • 'Board of Shame'
  • WeChat Integration
  • Other Criminal Usage
  • Speed/Accuracy/Effectiveness Claims
  • Providers / Manufacturers
  • Current Scale/Expansion
  • Implementation Problems
  • Conclusion

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** *** **** ****** people, *** *** **, and ******* ** ** with *** ******* ******

* ******** ** *** PRC's ******** ** ****** Security **********:

**** ****** **** ******* safety *********, ***-******* *********, lack ** ******* *** law *********** ******, **** of ******* ************* ** traffic **********, *** **** the ********* ** *************** with **********, *** **** take * ***** *** irrational *************

******** *** **** ** a ******* **** “********* feels * *** **** stepping *** ** ***** of * ****** *****,” The **************** ****, ******:

**** **** ****** (*** the **** ****) *** drive ********** *******, **** scarcely * **** *** passing ************** **** ** pedestrians, ********, **** **, indeed, ***** ****.

** ******* ************* ****** **************** ************** ********** *******, ***** cities **** ******* *************** ****** *** ******** ** 2013. *** ****** *********** systems **** ******* ******* ******* ** ** 2017.

What *******: '***** ** *****'

** ********* ** ******* ******************** *** ****** **** Chinese ***** ***** *********** CGTN:

** ******* ******* ** troublesome *************, *** **** is **** ** ****** jaywalkers. *** ** *** get ******, **** **** image **** ********* ** the ****** ****** *** a **** **** **** right ** **** *********.

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********** *************** ******** *** **** Intellifusion ****** ** ********, jokingly ******* ** * 'board ** *****':

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************* ** *** *** only ****** ** **** field. **** **** ********* * ********* '***** of *****' ** *******:

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** *****:

  • ** *** ****: "****** traffic *****"
  • ** *** *****: "***** the **** ** * civilized ******"
  • ** *** ******: "********** 2018-10-30 **:**:**"

WeChat ***********

** **************, **** ****** **** the "******** ***** ** creating * *** ** peoples' ***** ***** ** photos *** ****** ****'** shared ** ******". **** software ** **** **** to ***** *** ***** of **********.

***************** ****** * ********* living ** ******** ******* that ** ********* *** was ***** ******** ** his ****** ******* ** about "** *******":

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** ** ********* ***** *****'* *** ** Facial *********** *****, ******** ** ******* have ******** ******* ** WeChat *** ****** ** use ****** *********** *** payments. ****** ******** * government ** *** ***** number ** **** **, allowing ****** ** ******** link ****** ******** ** individual *******.

WeChat ***** *** ****

* ********** ********* * ******** ****** at ** ************* ** Shenzhen ***** ** ******* of ******, ****** ******* that *** ***** ** jaywalkers *** **** *** crosscheck ** ****** *** then ******* **** ** go *** * **** at *** ****** *******. China *** * ********* system ********** ** *****,** ***** ******* ** photos *** ********* ** authorities ** ****.

* ********** **** ******** ** ********** ***** ***** * text ******* ******** ** a ********* ****** ** one ****** ** ********; the **** ***** ** mention ** ****** *** does ** ****** ****** to ****** ********. ** reads:

[******** ******] ******** ********: You (** **. ********************) have ******** *** *** by *** ********* ******* lights **** ******** *** crosswalk **** ** *** southern **** ** *** East ******* **** ** this **** ** **:** on ***** ** **** and **** ******** *** captured ** *** ******* technician ********** *******. **** record ****’* **** ******* at *** ******. ****** download *** ******** ************** Police *** ** ***** the *********** ******** ** pay *** ****.

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No ***** ******** *** *****

** *** *************, ** found ** ****** **** these ********** ******* **** being **** *** ******** but **********. *** *******, while ***** *** ******* concerns ***** *** ********* of **********, ****** **********, etc., *** *** *** of ****** *********** ** identify ****, ** ******* indicate *** ******* ***** used *** **** ********.

** ********* ** * risk, ** *** ******, if *** ********** ******* to ****** **** ** such.

Further ********* *******

***** ********* ** *** faces *** ******** *** not ******** *********, ********** ***** ***** ****** reported**** *** **** * system ** *** **** of*****, *** ****** ****** by ************* ********* ** seconds ** ***** *** taking **** ******** ***** time *** *** ***** is **.

Providers / ************

** ********* *******, *** Shenzhen ****** ********* ** CGTN, *********, *** **** Russian ***** ******************** ***** ** ********-******************, ********** ** *** ********** '********** ********** ******' solution *** ******** ******* Police:

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*********************** "**** **** *** media" *** ******* **** particular ****** ** ******** since *** ********* ** 2017. ** **** ****** as ******** ******* *** police *********** *** *************, such ** *********, *****, and ******:

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***************** ** *** *********** **’* ****** “**** of ********” ** ******* during ******* ****** ** financing, **** ******** **** it **** ** * unicorn (****** ** $* billion ** ****) ** 2018. *******, ** ***** not **** *** ******* online ***** ************* ******** a *******, *** ***** are ** ******* ********** its ******** ********* ** revenue *******. *************’********* ************ *** ** *** PRC, ********* *** ***** banks.

*************

*********************** ***** **** ****** of *** ** ********, "the ********** ***** *** dropped **** *,***+ ***** / *** **** ** 80+ / ***".

Vague *****/******** ******

************* ****** **** ** can ****** * ****** face ****** * *** of **** ** ******* faces ** ***** *.* seconds:

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************* ****** ** ** "accurate" ** * **** variety ** *********, *******, no ***** ******** *********** are *****:

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*** *****/******** ****** *** vague. **** ***** **** no ******* ** ************* on *** **** *********** tests *** ******, *** ** ********** agency **** ******* *********** *** ********.

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*** ******* ** ****** captured ** *************'* ****** can ** ***** ** an******** ********* * ******** ****** webpage (***** *** ***** been ***** ****).

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*** *** ****** *** high *******, **** ******* angles *** ********** **** pixel *******, **** ** the ******* ***** ************:

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Implementation ********

*** ******* **** ***** such **** *********** ** scale, ********** ** **** time, *** ***********. ****** China’s********-**-****, ***** ** *:* verification (*.*. ******** *** person’s ***** ******* *******), this ** *:* *********** - ******** *** ******’* face ******* ********* ** millions ** ******. **** makes ******** * *********** issue, ********** *********** ******* such ** ****** *****, weather/lighting **********, ***.

**** *** **** ******** of ******** **** *** systems:

  • *** **** ****** ***** is * ***** ** a **** ** * bus ************* ***************** * **** ****** jaywalking, **** **** ** the **** ** ******. The **** **** ***** on ******* ****** *****: one******* ************ “**** ** ******** by *** *** **** negative ***** **** *** happened ** ****** *********** and *** ********** **”.

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  • ********** **** ****** ******* ******* *********** ********* expert ****** *** ********** had “***********” ******** *** that “** ****” *** do ***% ****-**** ********* identification. * ***** ******** was ****** ******* *********** should “***** ******, **** release” *** *****.
  • ******* ***************** ******** **** ********* with *** ******* ************ of *** '**** *** shame' ****** ** *** system. *** ******* ** featured ******* ***** *** Shenzhen ****** **** ****** jaywalker's ****** (***.***.**/*****/) ** no ****** ******.
  • ******* ***** ************ ****** ** "**** than **%" ********. *** given **** *** ************ likely ********* ******** ** thousands ** ******, ***** positives *** * *********** risk.

*****/*********

***** ** *** ** the **** *********, *** particular ******** ************* ****** installed ** **** ** far **** *** **** one ***** ********* *********** in *****:

  • ****** *** ***** ** 2017, *** **** *********** ****** *********** ** catch *,*** *********** *** non-motorized ******* ******* (**** as ********), ****** ***** ************.
  • *** **** ******************* * '***** ** shame' ** **** **** to ***** ********** ************** **** * ********* logo ** *** ****** right.***** ***** ******** **** "******* *** facial ******** ** *** captured ********* **** *** demographic *********** ******** ** real ****".

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  • ******** ***** * ***** face *** ****** ** "name *** *****" ********** in **** ***** ****** 300 ******,*** ********. ***** *********** **************** ******** *********** *** expanding *** ****** ** new **********, *** ******* these ******** *** ******* to *** ***** ** unclear.
  • ********** ***** ********* *** ** *** city ** **'** **** fall.
  • ********** ***** ********* * '***** ** shame' ** *** **** of ***** ** ****:

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***** ***** ** ******** that ********* *********** ** expanding ****** ******* ******, such ******* *** *** omnipresent *** ** ***** no ******** ** *** national-level *******. ** ** absent ** ****** ****** in **** ***** ******, while ****** **** **** removed: **** ****, ************* **** ************ "* **** ** identify **********" ** *****'* third ******* **** ** Chongqing, *** *********.

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*** ********* ******* ** emphasizing ** ****** **** jaywalking ** * *******. The '**** ** *****' boards ********* **** ****** should *** *******. ** the ****** **** **** conditions ****** ** ******* less, ** *******, ******* or *** ***** ** a ****** *********** ****** present, *** ** ********.

*******, ***** ****** *********** to ***** ********** **** have *********** ******** / privacy ******. ***** **** this ****** ** *** nationwide *** **** *** issues *** ****** ********* in *****'********-******** *****, **** ** ****** overestimated ** ** ******* of *** ***'* **** '********', ****** ** ******** continued ******** ** *** how ***** ******* *******.

Comments (8)

This system I like, this should be used in all major cities. I think all of us here have missed a few thousand turns because pedestrians continue to cross when it’s gone red!

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Bicyclists and scooter heads are worse...

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Jaywalking: How the car industry outlawed crossing the road

BBC did an interesting article on this topic.  The concept of jaywalking is built on the assumption that roads are primarily for cars.  There is certainly a legit safety issue; but the assumption that all other modes of locomotion are secondary nuisances on the road is a construct of the auto industry.

On the topic of facial recognition to fine jay-walkers; it seems like just one more reminder to the Chinese citizen that the government is watching.  Oppressive and ready to pounce. 

 

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On a day such as Memorial Day in the US to come across this piece (which is excellently written and researched) is a sobering reminder of the cost of freedom and the threats it will face in the future.

Tech like this, no matter how well intended lends itself to abuse and misuse. While politics and procurement are best maintained by a firewall separation; I find it increasingly difficult to remain objective.

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Kind of like those red light cameras eh?

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I’m not buying that the true reason for this system is to reduce jaywalking.

the fact that motorists have “scarcely a care for passing inconveniences such as pedestrians...” and that crossing “sometimes feels a bit like stepping out in front of a firing range,” should be deterrent enough.

and jaywalkers are not ashamed anyway.  everyone sees them.

no, it’s likely a plausible pretext for

1)testing the face rec

2)building their database 

3)letting the public know their capabilitie

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Update: there was some controversy in the PRC city of Taiyuan after children's faces were displayed (in full detail) on a "board of shame" at a local intersection (see screeshot below). Local media asked police whether this was appropriate, but the police department's response was that kids/adults get the same treatment.

 

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Local media asked police whether this was appropriate, but the police department's response was that kids/adults get the same treatment.

its sounds harsh no doubt, but certain hard sacrifices must be made to get control of this runaway criminal epidemic known as “jaywalking” ;)

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