Tuesday, April 16, 2024

China’s new 500 MP camera can identify any person in a large crowd

Chinese people’s surveillance system can reach a new level thanks to the successful development of Chinese cloud surveillance cameras with a resolution of 500-megapixel.

This camera is recently introduced at the China International Industrial Fair last week by Fudan University and Changchun Optical Research Institute, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The resolution of this camera is claimed to be five times higher than that of the human eye. It equipped with AI, facial recognition, real-time monitoring, and cloud computing technology. 

All this helps the camera to find a person standing in the crowd of thousands of people like in the stadium, the square. And especially it can both record and take photos in parallel.

Xiaoyang Zeng with 500-Mengapixel camera
Xiaoyang Zeng, one of the scientists who developed the new technology with a 500-Megapixel camera

Australian technology journalist Alex Kidman, who tested the product, told ABC News that the surveillance camera technology still has a lot of shortcomings: “The challenge is the accompanying AI system and the amount of data. Chinese people’s faces must be large and detailed enough to compare and distinguish between 10,000 people simultaneously. ” And so the server system must be of extremely large capacity.

The so-called ‘super camera’ also assesses the potential of such surveillance cameras to greatly affect the risk of people being closely monitored. Local newspapers in China report that the 500MP surveillance camera system has been studied by Chinese experts for military and security purposes.

The government is already planning to implement new technology in the existing city monitoring system. Thanks to it, detecting wanted people or tracking selected citizens will become easy as a piece of cake. The authorities plan to expand the Big Brother camera network in China to well over 100 million in the coming years. This is a huge number that people cannot physically grasp. That is why the authorities focus on artificial intelligence.