Dahua Unveils New People-counting Camera As China Adopts Black Mirror-like System

Posted: Jun 6 2019, 4:17am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Dahua unveils new people-counting camera as China adopts Black Mirror-like system
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The Black Mirror is upon us.

If you’re a fan of the Netflix science fiction series Black Mirror, you might be in for a new treat by a Chinese tech company that manufactures surveillance cameras.

Dahua Technology, which produces smart gadgets, has unveiled a new camera Wednesday night. The StereoVision camera is a 3 megapixel dual-sensor, people-counting camera that employs advanced image processing technology to give the camera an up to 98% accuracy when counting pedestrians.

The device could become a massive hit in the Chinese market as the Chinese government is now looking to classify people according to their credit score — much like the Black Mirror episode Nosedive, where people are scored according to their social interactions, friends, social media activities, purchases and the like.

In the real world, banks and financial institutions in most countries have a financial credit score system that measures an individual’s creditworthiness. This way, they could determine whether an individual is capable of paying loans or mortgages.

Meanwhile, in China, the country is set to widely implement a social credit score system that will allow for the exchange of its citizens’ information to public and private institutions. Both sectors will collect data through a network of the country’s surveillance cameras. China’s more than 1.42 billion citizens will be rated according to their good and bad deeds. Individuals with high social scores are eligible for perks like discounts on energy bills and better travel deals, among others.

For its part, Dahua’s new StereoVision camera combines real-time people-counting and behavior analytics with video images.

“By unifying video surveillance and operational capabilities in one device, the camera helps users make more business operations decisions more efficiently,” the company said.

Dahua said the camera is able to monitor capacity even at crowded events. It sends alerts when entry or checkout queues become long.

The camera also includes a built-in microphone and an onboard SD card slot to store video at the edge, among other features.

The company is based in Hangzhou, 13 hours away from Shenzhen, widely dubbed as the Chinese Silicon Valley.

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