The sight of using smart glasses with artificial intelligence to capture criminals appears in many Hollywood movies. Now, it has become a reality in China.
Xloong, based in Beijing, has made a special set of smart glasses for the police in 2017. Using augmented reality technology, the police can access real-time information such as faces and codes. ID, license plate number, . are linked to the national database. The company said the glasses helped police find suspects more effectively.
Reuters correspondent recorded the image of Chinese police using AR glass to perform the task in early 2018.
The glass is also used by law enforcement at airport control stations, highways. Six other local security agencies are also equipping similar products, in Beijing, Tianjin and Xinjiang autonomous regions. Xloong was founded by former Huawei hardware engineer Shi Xiaogang. The company has more than 100 employees and attracts hundreds of millions of yuan invested from units such as BOE, Gobi Ventures, Beijing Institute of Technology Research, some provincial governments. However, the company spokesperson declined to reveal how many companies, funds and local governments supported them financially.
In addition to smart c glass , they also develop smart helmets for the military. In addition to the head protection function, it also extends other features such as monitoring by AR technology, telecommunications, geotagging, night vision mode. The company has signed a million-dollar contract with Chinese defense group Norinco (China North Industries Group), providing these smart helmets. Other state-level clients include the China Aerospace Science and Technology Group, Ministry of Public Security. According to data from the Ministry of Finance of China, this densely populated country has spent more on domestic security than foreign defense in 2017, 184 billion USD compared to 150 billion USD.
IHS Markit estimates that 176 million security cameras are installed in China to monitor all activities of people.
Market research firm IHS Markit estimates that by 2017 there are 176 million surveillance cameras operating in public and private places, while in the US only 50 million. Thanks to this huge demand, Hikvision and Dahua are the largest security camera manufacturers in the world. In an interview with Nikkei last year, Shi executives dismissed concerns about privacy infringement, which the security camera system was criticized. He said it was the national government's support, counter-terrorism efforts and maintaining social order for technology companies, which were the driving forces for their growth. Shi insists there is no need to worry about running out of budget from state agencies.
In addition to crime prevention and defense applications, the company also makes products for civilians to use in areas such as tourism, real estate, health care, etc. In 2016, Shi launched a sports AR glasses, with video recording and Bluetooth integration, can map digital maps for users when running or cycling. The price of this AR glass is about 223 USD, as cheap as 1/10 of AR glasses for industry.
Integrated AI sensor of SmartSens, helps identify people's faces in real time more, faster.
The company has also signed contracts with Southeast Asian customers, but declined to disclose specific buyers and projects. They also have plans to move ahead, but don't say details. Chinese technology companies like Megvii and Yitu have sought to venture abroad to grow stronger. In Malaysia, for example, the paramilitary force supports the police using a human camera, integrating facial recognition technology from Yitu that can be compared almost instantly with police databases, thereby finding matching images faster.