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Facial Recognition System Will Improve Classroom Attendance, Chinese University Says

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students at facial recognition turnstile at China Pharmaceutical University

Students pass through a facial recognition turnstile at China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing.

A university in eastern China has installed a facial recognition system at its entrance and in two classrooms to monitor the attendance and behavior of students.

China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing announced that it was one of the first higher education institutions in China to put such a system in place.

"It can effectively solve the management difficulties and low efficiencies in a traditional attendance system, and make it easier for managers to track their students," Xu Jianzhen, director of the university's library and information center, told website.

In a pilot project, two classrooms were equipped with an attendance system using facial recognition software, with a camera that automatically captured the faces of students in class, the university said.

"Besides attendance, the system installed in the classroom can provide surveillance of the students' learning, such as whether they are listening to the lectures, how many times they raise their heads, and whether they are playing on their phones or falling asleep," Xu said.

From South China Morning Post
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