Chinese scientists develop a high precision camera for facial recognition

A team of engineers from Fudan University and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Academy of Sciences in China has developed a 500 megapixel webcam capable of analyzing the face of each person in a full stadium of people.

Facial recognition is a biometrics-based technique that has given a strong boost in recent years. How does this technique work? Through algorithms based on geometric models, facial biometrics is able to detect the identity of a person by analyzing their face through a webcam and without the need to do anything like fingerprint sensors.

Innovations in the field of computing and artificial intelligence have allowed facial recognition to have increasingly important functions, for example in airports or at events with large numbers of people.

A camera to identify people in stadiums

In this regard, a team of engineers from Fudan University and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Academy of Sciences in China has developed a 500 megapixel webcam capable of analyzing the face of each person in a complete stadium of people.

This camera has a biometric system four times higher than the resolution of a human eye and will be used for large events in the country although it can also be a threat to the privacy of the inhabitants.

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This super camera will be able to identify the facial features of a person among thousands, although according to the official release of the launch, it will be in military use in principle. “Control military bases, satellite launch bases and national borders to prevent suspicious people and objects from entering or leaving,” the developers said.

In this context, certain representatives of the People’s Liberation Army of China have also pointed out that this 500-megapixel camera can be used in the department of national defense and public security. Even one of the creators, Zeng Xiaoyang, has pointed out that it would be key to have some type of regulation or legal route for the use of this camera in areas with large numbers of people to solve the problem of privacy.

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