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Smart access trial at city neighborhoods

Ding Yining
System that combines Shanghai's mobile phone health code with facial recognition is being tested at some residential communities with the aim of lowering the risk of infections.
Ding Yining
Subtitles by Wang Xinzhou and Andy Boreham.
Smart access trial at city neighborhoods
Ti Gong

A resident scans a health code to allow access to her residential complex. 

Smart access control facilities which combine a mobile phone-based health tracking code and facial recognition function has been put into trial use in some local community neighborhoods.

The Bansongyuan neighborhood in Huangpu District has added temperature sensors to the access control gadgets at each residential building to help contain the potential risk of coronavirus.

The majority of neighborhoods in Shanghai have issued entrance permits to residents to avoid unauthorized personnel into residential complex. 

Residents can apply for the entrance code through a light software embedded in Alipay to allow the facial recognition at the residential building.

"Our security staff had difficulty to remember each resident and temporary visitor and the smart access control system offers more convenience," said Zhu Shiqi, property manager of the neighborhood.

Founder He Min at Shanghai Sangtian Smart Technology Co, developer of the smart access control software, said it's working with around 100 community neighborhoods in the city where residents don't have to apply for an additional entrance permit.

The Shanghai health code combines personal identification and whereabouts by checking the mobile phone roaming data to determine whether the user is free to enter public spaces or is required to stay in isolation.  

Local residents, foreign citizens as well as those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can apply for the health code through Shanghai's official Suishenban application, Shanghai government's official website and social media accounts as well as WeChat and Alipay. 

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