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Facial recognition technology on the streets of Iran – sanctioning of a Chinese company for cooperating with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Facial recognition technology on the streets of Iran - sanctioning of a Chinese company for cooperating with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

On Thursday, the US government Sanctions of the Chinese company Tiandi Technology, which is active in the production of security cameras and facial recognition technology using an American-made technology, was included in its work and blacklisted this company.

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What are the reasons for boycotting the Chinese company Tiandi Technology?

At the beginning, it may be unreasonable to boycott a foreign company because of its connection with the IRGC, but when we searched the field of activity of this company, we came across interesting results. The technologies obtained by this company were previously used to suppress and identify Uyghur Muslims (who are part of China’s minorities and it is strange that our authorities do not comment on it). This technology has been provided to the Chinese government through this company and now it has also been provided to the Revolutionary Guards.

The interesting point of the story is even beyond these. The Chinese company alone could not achieve this technology and has borrowed the technology of making and achieving it from America. This is the reason why he has been angered by America because he provided an American technology to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps without permission from this country. According to Ilna news agency, the Washington government has claimed that this company has provided American-made technology to the IRGC.

American sources have claimed that this company has designed facial recognition technology in order to help the Chinese government in suppressing and identifying Uyghurs and other minorities and provided it to the government.

The use cases of Tiandi face recognition cameras in Iran

The cases where these cameras are used include Hazrat Abbas (AS) Corps of Ardabil province.

In 2019, the United States government designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “foreign terrorist organization” for “actively engaging in terrorism and creating, supporting, and directing other terrorist groups,” such as the 1983 Beirut Marine Corps bombing.

Another project of Tiandi Iran is with the social security organization of the armed forces in Qom and Zanjan provinces. This military organization supervises the pensions, health insurance, etc. of the Iranian Armed Forces:

For Gilan Province, Tiandi Iran mentioned the Criminal Investigation Department of Khammam Police Force as a successful project.

In the central province, Tiandi Iran Company has listed the Prisoners’ Cooperative Foundation, which is a public prison work organization.

This Tiandi camera is labeled “SAIRAN” which is owned by the Iran Electronics Institute, a government military electronics provider (note the logo on the upper left).

Facial recognition technology on the streets of Iran - Sanctioning of a Chinese company for cooperating with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

These photos show a Tiandy 320-channel NVR (TC-R324320) powered by an Intel Core i3 8100 processor in Iran, which Intel immediately denied supporting.

According to Shan Lee, Tiandi’s Middle East/Turkey/Africa sales manager, who last month announced a 5-year partnership with Pars Communication in a video, Tiandi Iran reported that it has 8 local employees in Iran and Tiandi is “increasing investment in the Iranian market.” have given”. Regional manager Abbas Azarpandar (center), who supervises the Tiandi branch of Iran.

Facial recognition technology on the streets of Iran - Sanctioning of a Chinese company for cooperating with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

As you can see, the investment in the Iranian market has increased to an internal team of 8 people headed by Mr. Abbas [آذرپندار] It has arrived and they will be here to help you all in everything from now on.

As we all know Iran’s market is completely different from other countries, somewhere here it suffers from disorderly competition and low profit margin and that’s why we have signed a 5-year contract with PA company.
While other PRC video surveillance equipment is available in Iran through various distributors, IPVM could not find such a direct presence from Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview, etc.

In the Instagram video, Shan Li stated that the advantage of Tiandy is that it is “100% privately owned” without “government shareholders” or a stock market listing.

Tiandy is one of the top 4 CCTV companies in China, but we are the only 100% private company among these top 4 companies. It is always customer satisfaction and customer loyalty and quality control rather than market share. As IPVM has reported, Tiandy is actually privately held, with billionaire CEO Dai Lin owning more than 95 percent of the company, although Lin is the company’s party secretary, regularly praising the party and promoting PLA-style military exercises. Supervises new employees.

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