China seems to have no problem at all with watching their citizens. China has become one of the few global powers eager to embrace the wide range of new and invasive, AI centric technology arriving on the scene in the world of surveillance.
Big Brother Uniforms
In a move that has generated a small bit of controversy, Chinese Schools across the region are promoting brand new “ intelligent uniforms” to better track students. The aim of the new big-brother uniforms is to help the schools better monitor the safety of school students as well as improve school attendance across the board.
Any teacher will tell you that the attendance and safety of a student, is always a major priority in schools. Created by Guanyu Technology, the smart uniforms will be embedded with two chips. When a student enters or exits the school’s grounds, the intelligent uniform sends that data back to both teachers and parents.
However, if students feel like ditching school or basically leave the premises without permission, and an obnoxious alarm will be triggered, alerting everyone of the student’s afternoon plans.
No More Skipping School
If students think they can still skip school by switching uniforms, think again. All of the smart uniforms are linked to the given child’s face, and if a student were to step into school with a swapped uniform, the facial recognition technology at the school’s entrance will alert the faculty of the mismatch.
The uniforms can even locate students after hours. Extremely durable, the chips in the uniforms can withstand a little over 500 washing cycles and the impressive temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius.
Over ten schools across China ’s southwestern Guizhou province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have agreed to adopt the new uniforms, with the belief that the uniforms will be adopted all across China.
"We choose not to check the accurate location of students after school, but when the student is missing and skipping classes, the uniforms help locate them," says Lin Zongwu, principal of No. 11 School of Renhuai in Guizhou Province, a school looking to use the uniforms.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out among students at the schools in the region and if the uniforms eventually provoke privacy concerns.