Hikvision AI Problems Criticized By Chinese Publication

By John Honovich, Published Apr 09, 2019, 11:22am EDT

Hikvision's facial recognition works poorly, causes delays and worsens learning, according to a new investigation by one of China's leading publications. Sixth Tone's Cameras Above The Classroom offers in-depth analysis of using AI, including facial recognition, to manage schools.

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The reporter explains Hikvision's problems:

Everyone I talked to at Hangzhou No. 11 Middle School and Niulanshan First Secondary School expressed skepticism about the accuracy and reliability of facial recognition technology. As part of their smart campus initiative, Hangzhou No. 11 uses Hikvision’s facial recognition cameras to record the students’ attendance rate and for on-campus payments, but it doesn’t seem to work very well. A female student told me that Hikvision’s system is particularly inaccurate for girls. “Once we change our hairstyles or wear glasses, the camera won’t recognize [us] anymore,” she says through text. The different lighting and angles of their faces also slow down the recognition process, making the lines during lunch extremely long. [Emphasis Added]

While nearly every manufacturer, including Hikvision, makes sweeping claims about their facial recognition working with glasses, mask, hair changes, etc., what the reporter found is unsurprising to those that understand how the technology works. It works sometimes, maybe even most of the time, but the exceptions cause significant operational problems.

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Comments (9)

Because the system gives students a public score, he and his classmates don’t dare nap...

One must first dare to nap before one can dare to dream - Proverb

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After reading your article, I can not stop laughing, I do not know why.

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"After reading your article, I can not stop laughing, I do not know why."

i have an idea why.

Because for the last few hours you've chosen to comment disparagingly on numerous older threads relating to PRC control of major Chinese industry manufacturers.

You should have staggered your posts over time to avoid showcasing your obvious position as a PRC agent.

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I don't think John Jiang is a 'PRC agent' and he certainly can continue to comment as he wants on IPVM. I also don't think a retort of "I can not stop laughing" is productive but that's fine.

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haha, you are right, I am a Chinese agent, I am going to be like a international police, make Iraq and Afghanistan a better place.

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not 'Chinese' agent. PRC agent.

there is a huge difference between the two.- and I will admit that I used the term 'agent' far too loosely, for which I apologize to you.

i didn't mean you were a directly paid agent - I meant that you are inclined to defend your suppliers.

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After reading your article, I can not stop laughing, I do not know why.

Might want to get that checked out, could be a serious medical condition.

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Thanks for your reminder, I will share u some medicine to cure your white supermacy, and Chinese companies can never surpass American.

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white supermacy, and Chinese companies can never surpass American

Serious question - how do you see this relating to race or ethnicity?

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