First ATM with face recognition system in china

ATMs have until recently been issuing money only after entering a PIN. For some time already in use are much more modern machines with a biometric system that recognize the customer after a fingerprint. China still has more advanced technology and started to operate there the world’s first machine that recognizes the customer on the face.

The new type of cash dispenser was developed jointly by engineers from Tsinghua University and technology company Tzekwan. For now, only a demonstration unit is available, presenting the capabilities of the new system. But Tzekwan promises that commercial versions will be coming soon.

The customer arriving at the cash dispenser is observed by a camera placed above the screen that scans his or her face and compares it to the image stored in memory. The system compares the biological characteristics of the user, such as the distance between the eyes, nose and mouth, and determines whether he or she is the legitimate owner of the account. Importantly, glasses and other hairstyles do not affect readability.

However, we do not know how data will be collected, ie facial images, but this may require consent for facial scans when setting up a bank account.

Internet Things can be used for surveillance

US intelligence chief James Clapper, in a hearing before the US Senate, said that devices belonging to the Internet Thief category (IoT) could pose a threat to users. Intelligence agencies are in a position to use them for surveillance of people.

More and more equipment belonging to the so-called. Things that are devices that have wireless connectivity to communicate with the Internet. One might think that such devices have the same benefits, since a communications system integrated with smart circuitry can be very helpful, allowing remote monitoring of a sleeping baby or controlling energy consumption or home lighting.

The truth is that such equipment can also pose a threat, allowing surveillance of people who use it. This was confirmed by US intelligence chief James Clapper during a Senate hearing. In his opinion, this type of device can be used by intelligence agencies used for eavesdropping, tracking, surveillance and even search for targets for recruitment. Although he did not name any agency that could use such methods during his work, he clearly made clear that this was all about, of course, after the information revealed by Snowden is not a big surprise.