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N. Korea uses face recognition tech at hospital and other facilities

All Headlines 11:32 January 05, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has introduced facial recognition technology to manage records of people entering and exiting some state facilities, a propaganda website of the communist state said Saturday.

The website, Meari, said that a key research institute of the Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang has developed the technology and that the face recognition system has been installed at a hospital in the capital and other buildings.

"The face recognition process is speedy and accurate," the website said.

Facial recognition is among the cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence, the reclusive state has sought to develop in recent years.

In October 2012, the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, reported on the country's scientists focusing on the development of "world-class" face recognition products.
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