Covert Elevator Face Recognition

By: John Honovich and Charles Rollet, Published on Oct 24, 2019

Covert elevator facial recognition has the potential to solve the cost and complexity of elevator surveillance while engendering immense privacy concerns.

This month, in Caixin China's reporting, this issue blew up as reports of such a deployment mandated by police created controversy.

Inside this report, we examine:

  • Challenges With Elevator Surveillance
  • Covert Face Rec Examined
  • Cameras Monitor Residents In Real Time
  • Systems Connected to Police
  • Unique Financing Model
  • Controversy Sparked
  • Technical Upsides of the Approach
  • Privacy Concerns

Challenges **** ************ ******** ************

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Covert ****** **** *** ********

**************** ******** *********** *************** ** **-***** ************** **** "*** ******** Public ******** ********** ** promoting ****** ******* *** elevator **** *********** ******* in *** *********** ** the ****."

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Cameras ******* ********* "** **** ****", ****** ********* ** ******

*** ********'* ********** *** never ******** *********, *** began ****** *********. ****** reported **** **** **** forwarded * ******* **** a ****** ******* ** Chinese ****** ***** ******* WeChat ***** ******:

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Controversy *******

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Project *** ** ****

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Advertising / ****** ******** ************

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*** ******* ** **** positioning ** **** ** would **** **** ****** angles ** ******* ***** which ***** ******* ************ generally *** ** **** better ** ********* ***** (though *** ******** ***** be * ******* ******** where ********* ** *** front ***** ***** ***** in *** **** ** they **** *******).

Privacy ******

** *** ***** ****, privacy ****** *** ********** obvious, ** *** ******** in ******** **** *****. Even ** ** *** disclosed ** *********, ** is ********* ** ***** elevators ** **** ********* (e.g., ******* ** ** flights ** ****** ** not * ********* *********** for **** ******).

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Vote / ****

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