16.04.18

Facial recognition helps police pull out a suspect in a crowd of 50,000

Facial recognition

Police have arrested a fugitive in China after facial recognition technology helped identify him in a crowd of 50,000 people attending a concert by singer Jacky Cheung in the Nanchang, Jiangxi province.

The man, who was only identified by his family name Ao, said he would never have gone to the concert if he knew the police were capable of identifying him.

"Ao was suspected to be involved in an economic crime and was listed on a national online system," said local police officer Li Jin. "He was very shocked and had a blank face when we caught him."

China has invested heavily in facial recognition technology, and is viewed as a world leader in adopting facial recognition technology for various uses, including law enforcement.