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At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets in southern China and soon will be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize the faces of suspected criminals and detect unusual activity.
Starting this month in a port neighborhood and then spreading across Shenzhen, a coastal city of 12.4 million people, residency cards fitted with powerful computer chips programmed by the same company will be issued to most citizens
Security experts describe China's plans as the world's largest effort to meld cutting-edge computer technology with police work to track the activities of a population and fight crime, but they say the technology can be used to violate civil rights.
China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology. Incorporated in Florida, China Public Security has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds in Plano, Texas: Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks, -- Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach, Calif.; Oppenheimer & Co. in New York; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong, -- helped it raise the money.
China Public Security Technology, Inc. provides consulting services in the commercial printing industry. It provides various printing services, including black and white, two or four color, full color, design services, layout services, consulting...