China's Face Recognition System Serves Olympics
2008-08-13 11:51:33 [ Big Normal Small ]     Comment
China's Face Recognition System Serves Olympics

Audiences undergo identification checks at face recognition checkpoints before entering the National Stadium on August 8, 2008. [Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences]

Chinese cutting edge technology called the Fast Human Face Recognition System was introduced into the entrance security checks for the Olympic opening ceremony, China News Service reports.

Over 80,000 people went through identification checks at over 100 Human Face Recognition checkpoints before they entered the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, on August 8.

The system, developed by the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) over a period of one year, can identify people with efficient accurateness.

It is the first time that such technology was adopted as security measures in the Olympic history, a source with the CAS said.

Ticket holders for the opening ceremony are required to submit their personal information and photos in advance. When they pass the security checkpoints their facial expressions will checked against databases.

Human face recognition is the most accurate form of identification check and has huge potential, the CAS website said.

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