TOKYO, JAPAN (APRIL 3, 2017) (REUTERS) – Japanese electronics giant Hitachi Ltd is developing software equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance security screenings at large-scale venues including shopping malls and sports stadiums.
The software, displayed on three large television screens at a Hitachi research centre in Tokyo, uses artificial intelligence to identify at least 100 different characteristics of dozens of people walking in various places, including train stations and intersections. Each person is highlighted in a green square, with a blue line showing a list of characteristics of each person including; the clothes they’re wearing, what they are carrying, and their mannerisms.
Using the data acquired, it allows the user to pinpoint a person by their characteristics and scan the available footage to follow their footsteps. Once the target is locked on, it displays their attributes including gender, age, hair, clothes, and mannerisms. It also displays a list of video footage where the said person was seen.
Hitachi aims to lessen the burden on the number of security staff required to maintain certain levels of safety, while reviewing large amounts of security footage data by using the AI to scan large amounts of data in a short period of time.
Another reason for the development of the software is the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where high security will be demanded as the number of tourists rise.
The software is expected to be rolled out for corporate customers within two years. It was revealed in late March.