Japan's Hitachi Ltd is developing software equipped with artificial intelligence to enhance security screenings at large-scale venues including shopping malls and sports stadiums. Matthew Stock reports.
Artificial Intelligence that can pick you out in a crowd and then track your every move. Japanese firm Hitachi's new imaging system locks on to at least 100 different characteristics of an individual ... including gender, age, hair style, clothes, and mannerisms. Hitachi says it provides real-time tracking and monitoring of crowded areas. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) HITACH LTD SENIOR RESEARCHER, TOMOKAZU MURAKAMI, SAYING: "Until now, we need a lot of security guards and people to review security camera footage. We developed this AI software in the hopes it would help them do just that." The system can help spot a suspicious individual or find a missing child, the makers say. So, an eyewitness could provide a limited description, with the AI software quickly scanning its database for a match. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) HITACH LTD SENIOR RESEARCHER, TOMOKAZU MURAKAMI, SAYING: "In Japan, the demand for such technology is increasing because of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but for us we're developing it in a way so that it can be utilized in many different places such as train stations, stadiums, and even shopping malls." High-speed tracking of individuals such as this will undoubtedly have its critics. But as Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, Hitachi insists its system can contribute to public safety and security.