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Kirin unveils new vending machines with built-in security camera

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Kirin Beverage Co Ltd has unveiled a new vending machine that comes equipped with a small built-in security camera.

While installing security cameras within vending machines is nothing new, Kirin’s “Mimamori" ( Monitoring) vending machine has a high-performance compact camera that sets it apart from previous models, Fuji TV reported. Furthermore, while cameras installed at a high position make it difficult to decipher facial expressions on individuals wearing hats, the new model’s camera is positioned at eye-level so it can clearly make out the faces of both customers and passersby.

Kirin Beverage Co’s subsidiary company Kirin Beverage Value Vendor, a vending machine management company, has signed an agreement with Nishiarai police station in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward to install 30 machines along school routes and in public parks in the area by the end of this year.

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Didn't think vending machine crime was big in Japan and that's one of the reasons they have so many machines.

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serendepitous1: It's probably to get information on drinking habits so the machine can chime in on what you can buy next as you approach it. Haha. Just playing conspiracy.

But I doubt they'll function well, if at all. Probably like Taspo cameras. And what's to stop you from just blocking it?

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I think, perhaps, these cameras are not intended to monitor the users but instead the surroundings and the people in these surroundings:

”Kirin Beverage Value Vendor, a vending machine management company, has signed an agreement with Nishiarai police station in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward to install 30 machines along school routes and in public parks in the area by the end of this year.”

Sounds more like a ‘free’ surveillance system.

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Good! The more cameras, the better! The only ones who have objections are those with something to hide.

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Easily blocked with a can of spray paint or glue.

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Never seen any vending machine broken into. The cash boxes seem strong and chained. Guess it must happen if they need one with a security camera.

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Whatever happened to the beer vending machines in the street ?

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Remember when they used to say "Big Brother is watching you" as a joke? Well, seems it is no longer a joke!

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No surprise these things are felt necessary these days. Japan now is not the same of Japan even 10 years ago.

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And with facial recognition technology the machine will blackmail you into buying a drink every time you get near. "hey you, either you buy the most expensive drink in this machine, or we send an email to your wife that includes a picture of you walking with any woman we decide to photoshop into the picture"

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If you think privacy is not important to you, you might as well say freedom of speech is not important, liberty is not important, the right to have your conversations, your pictures, your business all private... doesn't matter.

Stop giving Abe more ideas.

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Would work much better if they didnt tell the general public.

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Would work much better if they didnt tell the general public.

No they wouldn't. Not at all. The whole point is its a deterrent.

Which is better... Predators do not grab kids on their way to school because they know there's cameras everywhere... Or we were able to use the secret camera hidden in a vending machine to find the guy that's killed some poor kid.

Look beyond whats immediately presented to you and figure out why things are done.

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You can’t even buy a drink from a vending machine now without being filmed.....

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