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Malaysian police adopt Chinese AI surveillance technology

Startup Yitu targets Southeast Asia with wearable face-recognition cameras

Yitu opened its first overseas office in Singapore in January to tap Southeast Asia's growing market for AI-driven surveillance technology. REUTERS/Edgar Su   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Chinese surveillance and security startup Yitu Technology has made its first foray into Malaysia, supplying wearable cameras with artificial intelligence-powered facial-recognition technology to a local law enforcement agency.

The Shanghai-based company's devices have been in use since February by the Auxiliary Force, a unit of the Malaysian police that provides security at public facilities such as ports. The deal also marks the first use of such wearable devices by the country's law enforcement agencies.

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