Security at airports, helping compulsive gamblers stay out of casinos, even taking attendance at college – facial recognition technology has quite a few uses. But …. stopping toilet paper theft?
Seem like a bit of overkill?
If this seems a bit much to keep tabs on the two-ply, authorities say that toilet paper theft at public toilets is a real problem; thieves regularly steal several metres of toilet paper and sneak it home.
At least thirty camera-equipped toilet paper dispensers have been installed in public toilets in two Chinese cities. Using facial recognition, the cameras recognize a person, log in their identity, and dispense 28 inches of toilet paper;
Then, no further paper is dispensed for a minimum of nine minutes (unless you speak to a bathroom attendant). All kinds of awkward!
The new system has resulted in about seventy-five percent less paper being used in each public bathroom – from eight to nine rolls of paper a day, down to two.