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Shanghai district installs comprehensive surveillance system

City Brain's 1,100 security cameras are a test case for constant monitoring

Rapid technological advances could make public surveillance ubiquitous in China.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The Shanghai Bund, a waterfront district with dozens of historic buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a popular photo spot among newlyweds. But nowadays it is hard to get a shot without a security camera pole in the picture.

The area bristles with facial recognition cameras; images of jaywalkers and other lawbreakers immediately show up on LCD monitors attached to telephone poles.

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