15 Dec Chinese CCTV Network, Facial Recognition Apprehends BBC Reporter in Just 7 Minutes
Chinese authorities recently demonstrated the power and effectiveness of their surveillance network when it captured BBC reporter John Sudworth in a recent stunt setup operation in Guiyang, China.
It took police just 7 minutes to “apprehend” Sudworth after the reporter’s face was seen on CCTV cameras in the area and flagged by the system. In the BBC’s video “In Your Face: China’s All Seeing State”, Sudworth was also given a tour of one of the police’s new high-tech control centers.
China currently has the largest monitoring system in any country, with around 170 million CCTVs scattered across the country. The government is expected to add 400 million more by 2020.