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Artificial Intelligence Targets Bad Behavior

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

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Photos Courtesy Muni
Photos Courtesy Muni

Additional benefits

While the funding driver behind the DHS providing grant dollars to these organizations is certainly consistent with the terrorism threat, Frazzini says, the technology provides other value as well. “What we’re seeing beyond the terrorism threat is we’re providing the substantial ability to increase security from a criminal perspective,” he explains.

The software system can act as a pre-crime detector to identify or intercept potential criminal activity that may not give way to potential terrorist activity, Frazzini says.

An additional benefit that is being seen in the installation of this system is the safety aspect. “Our system has proven to identify areas where various safety violations are presented to our customers. That includes behavior of employees that may be dangerous, for example, by putting themselves at risk, or putting the transit environment at risk,” Frazzini says. “That’s immensely valuable to them.”

Although it may not relate to a potential terrorist attack, these incidences help expose the vulnerabilities within their networks from a safety perspective, he says.

Frazzini does point out that the system does not read the minds of the people that the system is observing.

“It doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information; we just see the behavioral activity. It could be a car, animals, or environmental activity, whether it’s trees. It could be humans, which we would identify as humans, but our system doesn’t collect your info, like facial information.”

Emerging trend
San Francisco is not alone in its progressive plans for its video surveillance operations.

“There is a tectonic shift within the industry where I can point to a dozen U.S. cities where our system is either in the planning stages, or in various forms of implementation,” Frazzini says.

Beyond transit systems, the BRS Labs software system has been deployed in other areas such as intelligence agencies, U.S. defense applications, what are considered to be critical infrastructure environments — geographical locations, or venues, where there’s a heightened focus on security.

In the not too distant future, it will be unheard of to deploy video surveillance systems that don’t have sophisticated artificial intelligence connected to them, Frazzini says.

“Today, it’s an emerging trend, but the train’s leaving the station,” he says. “Sophisticated operators of video surveillance systems are recognizing that now the technology exists, it’s going to be applied broadly.”

Frazzini also sees the software system being used beyond just an early warning system for unusual behavioral activity. Because of end-user requests, BRS Labs is developing the ability to interrogate, or review, all collected intelligence over the course of time enabling users to conduct comprehensive video surveillance analysis.

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