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Coronavirus gives China more reason to employ biometric tech

Startups rush to develop new technologies despite Western concerns

A growing number of startups are making their forays into biometric identification and are poised to export their technologies to Southeast Asia and beyond.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Biometric identification, already rapidly adopted in everyday life in China, is now being deployed in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

In Guangzhou, the commercial and industrial hub of southern China, tablets have recently been installed by the driver's seat in public buses. Passengers are expected to put their foreheads close to the tablet so that their temperatures and photos can be taken.

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