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China’s Newest Facial Recognition Technology Can Identify People Wearing Masks

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A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask.

The coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus – posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Hanwang Technology Ltd used core technology developed over the past 10 years, a sample database of about 6 million unmasked faces and a much smaller database of masked faces, to develop the technology.

“When wearing a mask, the recognition rate can reach about 95%, which can ensure that most people can be identified,” Hanwang Vice President Huang Lei said, adding the success rate for people without mask is about 99.5%.

Curated from Reuters

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