After vaccines and nucleic acid tests, China’s epidemic prevention industry chain has added an electronic wristband. On July 14, Caixin reported that a woman who returned to Beijing from Guangdong on the 13th said that the residential area where she lived told her to isolate herself at home for seven days. They put a seal and a door sensor on her door to prevent her from leaving the house. At the same time, they suddenly sent an electronic wristband at 1 a.m. and asked her to download the “Wei Health” app and said she must wear the wristband every day.
The product manual she received shows that the wristband is called a “multi-signal sensor device” and its functions include body temperature measurement, heart rate monitoring, exercise monitoring, etc. It needs to be worn 24 hours a day and the application using time should last more than 5 minutes.
Tech blogger “Dahong Mao” also posted on Weibo on July 13 that he took the initiative to report and perform a nucleic acid test after returning to Beijing. As a result, he was asked to self-isolate at home and wear an electronic wristband connected to a mobile phone to report body temperature data and receive round-the-clock medical care.
However, this blogger thought that there was no document ordering such a policy, so he was reluctant to wear it. He also discovered that there was no “3C” quality certificate on the packaging of the electronic wristband he received, and the quality of the product was not guaranteed, so he did not dare to wear it.
Electronic products sold in the general retail channel in China must have 3C certification, but if it is a special internal supply channel, it may not be enforced. It is mainly an effort to establish technical regulations and standards in line with international rules through a solution package. The 3C certificate is not a quality certificate, but it is the most basic safety certification.
Information from China’s Baidu Encyclopedia shows that 3C certification means China Compulsory Certification. It is a product conformity assessment system implemented by the Chinese regime according to laws and regulations to protect consumers’ personal safety and national security and strengthen product quality management.
Several community neighborhood committees have confirmed with Caixin the requirement to wear an electronic wristband. An employee of the neighborhood committee in Chaoyang district said that electronic wristbands are a control measure enacted just a few days ago, and its greatest use is in pinpointing locations.
The report indicates that the company developing the wristband is Beijing Microchip Perception Technology. The company has not responded to the matter so far. Caixin data shows that the company was established in April 2020 with a registered capital of almost $3 million. The company’s business scope includes integrated circuit chip design and service; artificial intelligence chip design; research, development and sales of computer software, hardware and auxiliary equipment; sale of class II medical equipment; computer system services, etc. Public reports suggest that the multi-signal sensor device developed by the company’s research institute served in this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.
NetEase said, at 3 p.m. on July 14, a person who was caught wearing an electronic wristband said that someone from the neighborhood came to collect the wristband because they received too many complaints.
The newspaper also said that many Chinese people have reacted to this information, with one commenting: “I can take measures to prevent the epidemic seriously, but I cannot accept the so-called 24/7 surveillance like this.” Another said: “Such policy touches my privacy and mental security.”
According to Yicai, many places in China have used the functions of “health code,” “location code,” and “door sensor” to monitor and restrict the movement of people.
Tianmu News reported that Beijing Municipal Health Commission staff responded on July 14 that people returning to Beijing from medium and high-risk areas in the provinces and other cities are required to implement a home isolation policy. However, the commission has not issued any policy regarding the need to wear an electronic wristband. “It may be the local community’s epidemic prevention and control requirements,” the committee said.
However, according to The Epoch Times, staff from the Wangquan District Office in Shunyi District responded to Beijing Radio and Television and revealed that Beijing has selected three districts to use the electronic wristband.
On July 15, political commentator Wang He told The Epoch Times that Beijing must have had an anti-epidemic policy like this, and the response of the National Health Commission was unreliable. Beijing is conducting a pilot program, but because the issue is so sensitive, after facing many public grievances, they have openly said that they do not have this policy, all of them are lies and deceit. There must be a whole set of plans behind it. But the backlash from the people was considerable and intense, so the policy was withdrawn.
“This epidemic has given the CCP an unprecedented opportunity to take its digital totalitarian surveillance system to a historic step,” he said. “From vaccinations and nucleic acid testing of the past to current electronic wristbands, it equates to total control over people. It can help them control whoever they want to.”
“The government is making great strides in using current technology to spy on the public. It’s civilian technology that’s already being owned and used by them, so this is a very scary thing, a scary sign.”