Regular CCTV cameras take stock video footage. The quality may be excellent, and the film detailed, but it is more of a reactive measure. Take the case of a repeat traffic rule-violator, parking in a no-parking zone. It takes time to review the CCTV footage, after which a ticket is sent to the house of the offender.
What if the cameras could detect traffic violations immediately and alert traffic police?
Beginning next month, Polsec, a Brazilian security firm, will test AI-based cameras, on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Agra. The initial installation will contain 100 units of the ‘Smart Eyes’ cameras, with more units added once all necessary features are updated.
So how are these cameras different? Smart Eyes can detect unusual movements, traffic violations and illegal parking, amongst others.
Renato Werner, the Chief Executive of Polsec, spoke to the Economic Times. He said, “The camera, after a few times, will learn how many people cross a particular street every day at a certain hour. If the number suddenly triples, the camera will detect this unusual behaviour and report it.” He added that the fully-rotatable camera sends alerts to drivers who park in no-parking zones. If there is no action, the nearest traffic police gets a notification. The whole process takes seconds.
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According to Werner, more features will be added, after studying the behaviour seen on the streets. Currently, the state governments are interested in garbage debris, parking issues, and vehicle behaviour.