CHINA BRIEF | Guangzhou installs facial recognition thermometer on buses

The device measures passengers’ temperature in less than one second.

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In Guangzhou, the capital of southern China’s Guangdong province, facial recognition temperature scanners have been on trial in buses for faster and precise detection, local authorities announced on Tuesday.

According to state-owned media Xinhua, the thermometer, installed at the entrance, scans passenger’s faces targeting the forehead area. The tool is able to measure a passenger’s temperature in less than one second, also reducing the interaction between passengers and drivers.

“The device stores temperature data in real-time for further tracking or information traceability,” said Chen Zhenlin, an official at the local public transportation department.

This article is part of KrASIA’s “China Brief” section, where KrASIA’s reporters will provide quick daily updates about the tech ecosystem in China.