Chinese city introduces facial recognition scanning stations for seniors

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A district in Shanghai is scanning the faces of senior citizens as identification to access services like health care, mental support, entertainment and legal aid.

SHINE reports seven elderly care service stations have been set up in the Jing’ansi subdistrict in the Jing’an District, where more than 40% of residents are over 60, to eliminate the need for seniors to carry ID cards, identification documents or a smart phone.

After they have their faces scanned, they can make appointments for services like house cleaning or meal delivery. Fees are calculated on the spot.

The subdistrict also has a dedicated team of 26 aged care consultants who provide useful information to the seniors.

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