Covert Elevator Face Recognition

By John Honovich and Charles Rollet, Published Oct 24, 2019, 08:46am EDT (Info+)

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

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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

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Controversy *******

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Comments (5)

On a related note, I am looking forward to the day I walk into an elevator and they play Dahua or Hikvision commercials ;) or worse Axis...

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Has there been any USA deployments? If so is there a location/list? Thanks.

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I can't find evidence of any Tikinmedia USA presence but it has launched in Canada: Home Page - Tikin Media

Unclear how many deployments (if any) they have there, though. I've asked and will follow up if they respond.

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I just watched a video by a physical security pen tester where he told a story about hiding out in an elevator pretending to be an elevator repair man. He used the elevator as a safe place to plot out his next move and wait for his buddy to fetch a device they forgot. The entire video is pretty interesting.

One of our clients once told us that if a person is in the building, the only time they shouldn't be on camera is when they were sitting on the toilet.

The pen testing video is below. The elevator story starts at 34:16.

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Well there went my lunch break. Didn't realize it was 45 minutes. Great video thanks.

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