Closed-Circuit Television

Face-identifying software piques police interest

Facial-recognition technology being developed by Hong Kong academics has caught the eye of the city's police chiefs.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:30pm

Inspired thinking

In the world of design, two beliefs frustrate Cecil Balmond more than anything. 'The assumption that space is empty and can be subdivided and gridded,' he says. 'And the assumption that straightness is efficient and essential.' For a man who has spent most of his career rethinking, reshaping and revolutionising his field, those aren't surprising.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Now dried fruit is hit by food scandal

Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland's expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives.

Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool of water that contained garbage.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Police identify source of fire at Fa Yuen St

A hawker stall that sold children's clothing has been identified as the source of the city's deadliest fire in 15 years, but a four-month investigation has found nothing to suggest arson.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Regulator backs reports on Da Vinci furniture

Two investigative reports shown on China Central Television about the alleged low quality of furniture retailer Da Vinci's products were 'basically factual', the central government said, though the reporter on the stories was not a licensed journalist.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ai accused of damaging camera outside his home

Maverick artist Ai Weiwei said yesterday he had been summoned by police for allegedly damaging surveillance cameras outside his house.

He denied intentional damage, but admitted a provocative prank designed to mock the authorities.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

CCTV airs flag-burning footage in blunder

China Central Television (CCTV) blundered yesterday when its news channel ran footage of the burning of a North Korean flag and a portrait of Kim Jong-il during a report about the North Korean leader's death.

The footage was widely circulated online despite its swift removal from the channel's website.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

200 traffic police suspended in illegal fine scam

More than 200 rank-and-file traffic policemen in Yuxian county, Shanxi province, have been suspended indefinitely following a scandal last month involving illegal fines, according to one officer who admitted to taking bribes to supplement his low income.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Questions raised over security lapses at museum

Questions have been raised over security measures at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City after a burglary in which seven precious art pieces owned by a Hong Kong collector were stolen.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

More spy cameras to stop people throwing things from flats

More surveillance cameras will be installed in public housing estates in the second half of the year in an effort to stop residents throwing things out of their windows.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Legco CCTV cameras intimidate the public

Sitting on top of the current Legislative Council building is the statue of a blindfolded 'Lady Justice'. Until 1985, this iconic building in Central between Statute Square and Chater Garden, was the home of the Supreme Court, hence the statue was a symbolic representation of the rule of law.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Legco CCTV cameras raise privacy concerns

Surveillance cameras have been placed outside the Legislative Council building without any warning they exist, drawing criticism from lawmakers and rights groups and a rebuke from the privacy watchdog.

At least eight permanent closed-circuit cameras and two temporary cameras were found to have been installed on and around the building by the Legco secretariat and the police.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Union claims lifesavers face discrimination

Forty lifeguards staged a protest yesterday during which they accused the management of Jordan Valley Swimming Pool of discriminating against them because of their union activities. They also accused the staff of misusing the closed circuit video.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Attacker familiar with area, police say

The person who threw a bottle of acid into Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po on Sunday did so less than 15 minutes after officers left their observation posts on the rooftops of nearby buildings, a police officer said yesterday.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

CCTV goes online with new web TV network

China Central Television, the mainland's state broadcaster, has launched an internet television network as the authorities wake up to the power of the internet in shaping public opinion.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am