Facial recognition is replacing QR codes as the way to digitally pay in China. Image: SCMP

As China turns towards facial recognition payments, are QR codes on their way out?

  • In cities around China, vendors from supermarkets to bakeries have adopted facial recognition payments technology
Topic |   Mobile payments

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Facial recognition is replacing QR codes as the way to digitally pay in China. Image: SCMP
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The use of facial recognition technology has flourished and become a part of daily life in China. Photo: Reuters

How facial recognition works: how good is the tech at identifying people under different conditions?

  • Advanced surveillance systems combine methods to identify partially exposed faces, gait patterns and distinguishing body features.
  • In the US, a new device helps identify a person’s unique heartbeat over long distances using infrared laser
Topic |   Facial recognition

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The use of facial recognition technology has flourished and become a part of daily life in China. Photo: Reuters
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