These 3 Metro Stations Now Use Facial Recognition in Guangzhou

By That's PRD, July 11, 2018

0 0

Three metro stations in Guangzhou are currently testing a new security measure: facial recognition software. According to Guangzhou Daily, Zhujiang New Town Station, Jiahe Wanggang Station and Wanshengwei Station all offer commuters traveling without baggage a ‘quick security check’ via a facial recognition booth.

It’s presently unclear if – or when – the facial recognition security scheme will be rolled out across the rest of Guangzhou’s metro system. It's also unclear whether the system is open to foreigners. 

According to SupChina, developers have stated that the system is intended to help speed up the security check process. In one video of a facial recognition machine, two people pass through the gated booth in nine seconds. 

Guangzhou Daily cites an unnamed spokesperson from Jiadu Technology, the company developing the F-R scheme, as stating: “(This system) will combine the  internet, QR codes, biological identification and big data analysis to sort passengers into different categories.”

According to reports, the face scans will match each commuter’s face with database records to determine a given person’s biological information and address, among other details.


While Guangzhou Metro is the first subway system in China to dabble with facial recognition software, this sophisticated technology has been rolled out elsewhere: in Shenzhen, authorities are using F-R tech to bust jaywalkers, bad drivers and even to weed out cheaters at China's yearly high-stakes exam, the gaokao.

In Beijing, facial recognition has been used to thwart toilet paper bandits, keep residents of a female university dormitory safe and even to predict what someone might order at KFC.

Back in Guangzhou, netizens have expressed mixed feelings about the facial recognition tests, with one Weibo user writing, “Waste of money and waste of effort,” according to SupChina. 

With files from Krishna Barot.

READ MORE: Metro Security to Move Outside Stations in Guangzhou

[Cover image via Guangzhou Daily/Weibo]

more news

Meet Long Zai, Guangzhou's Newest Baby Panda

Anytime a baby giant panda is born there's a reason to celebrate!

Mooncake Exports Skyrocketing in Guangzhou

The Mid-Autumn Festival delicacy is experiencing a massive increase in exports to places around the globe.

WATCH: Shanghai SIPG Stun Guangzhou in Top-of-the-Table Thriller

Title hopefuls open up a four-point gap over their rivals at the Chinese Super League summit.

Guangzhou Airport Plans 30 New International Routes

The Guangzhou Airport Authority is aiming to hit 70 million passengers this year and reach 100 million passengers by 2025.

Guangzhou Beat Beijing in Last Minute to Ignite CSL Title Race

We've got a three horse race on our hands.

Infant Rescued from Flooded Village by Guangzhou Firefighters

Tianhe Fire Department sprang into action after receiving an SOS message from a group of 14 people stranded in Shantou’s Huali village.

Over 300,000 Shared Bikes Removed from Guangzhou

Have you recently found it harder to find an Ofo or Mobike?

2-Meter-Long Crocodile Captured in Guangzhou River

It is unknown whether there are more crocodiles in that part of the river.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.