Jail in China uses AI surveillance system to monitor inmates to make 'prison ...

A high-security prison in north China is using a cutting-edge artificial intelligence network to monitor its inmates 24/7. 

The Yancheng prison in Yanjiao, Hebei province, where high-profile inmates are incarcerated, has employed a network of AI cameras to monitor inmates' every movement and flag behaviour that is deemed abnormal to human guards, according to South China Morning Post.

The high-tech surveillance system allows cameras to track up to 200 faces at the same time at the 40-hectare facility, sources involved in the project confirmed to the Hong Kong newspaper. 

The Yancheng prison in Yanjiao, Hebei province, where high-profile inmates are incarcerated, has employed a network of AI cameras to monitor inmates' every movement. Above, a photo released in 2016 shows inmates engaging in a sport activity in the prison compound

The Yancheng prison in Yanjiao, Hebei province, where high-profile inmates are incarcerated, has employed a network of AI cameras to monitor inmates' every movement. Above, a photo released in 2016 shows inmates engaging in a sport activity in the prison compound

The high-tech surveillance system allows cameras to track up to 200 faces at the same time at the 40-hectare facility, sources involved in the project confirmed to South China Morning Post

The high-tech surveillance system allows cameras to track up to 200 faces at the same time at the 40-hectare facility, sources involved in the project confirmed to South China Morning Post

High-profile residents include Gu Kailai (above), the wife of disgraced former Chongqing party head Bo Xilai, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a British businessman

High-profile residents include Gu Kailai (above), the wife of disgraced former Chongqing party head Bo Xilai, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a British businessman

The new 'smart jail' system includes a network of surveillance cameras and hidden sensors that reach out like 'neuron fibres', one insider said. The coverage will extend into every prison cell.

The network, jointly developed by numerous public research institutes, collects and streams data into an AI-powered computer that can recognise, track and monitor every inmate at any point of the day, according to the report. 

The system then generates a report completed with behavioural analysis on each prisoner using facial identification and movement analysis. If anything abnormal is detected, the system will send out an alert to the guards.

If anything abnormal is detected, the AI system will send out an alert to the guards

If anything abnormal is detected, the AI system will send out an alert to the guards

The new 'smart jail' system includes a network of surveillance cameras and hidden sensors that reach out like 'neuron fibres', one insider said. The coverage will extend into every cell

The new 'smart jail' system includes a network of surveillance cameras and hidden sensors that reach out like 'neuron fibres', one insider said. The coverage will extend into every cell

A 2016 photo shows inmates participating in a sports event at the Yancheng jail

A 2016 photo shows inmates participating in a sports event at the Yancheng jail

'For instance, if an inmate has been spotted pacing up and down in a room for some time, the machine may regard the phenomenon

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