Hanam to operate AI cameras to monitor illegal activities

Kim Joo-heon Reporter() | Posted : August 23, 2021, 16:53 | Updated : August 23, 2021, 16:53

[Courtesy of Hanam City ]

SEOUL -- Artificial intelligence cameras will be operated in Hanam some 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Seoul to effectively monitor criminal activities. The high-performance closed-circuit television cameras can collect and analyze accurate information in real-time thanks to their deep learning techniques that classify images and detect objects just like humans.

Hanam City said in a statement on August 23 that the city will install 68 artificial intelligence (AI) closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 42 places including school zones, areas with high crime rates. The smart CCTV system will go online in September.

The cameras, developed by South Korea's surveillance and optoelectronics company Hanhwa Techwin and AI CCTV maker DK ANT, have high-definition 8-megapixel image sensors. The devices are capable of recognizing objects and compare collected image information with an existing database.

"Through the adoption of AI cameras, we were able to establish a foundation for the intellectualization of an integrated CCTV control tower to ensure the safety of women, children and teenagers," an unnamed Hanam City official was quoted as saying.

Smart CCTVs that autonomously monitor and detect illegal activities are being widely demonstrated in South Korea netted with ultra-fast internet networks. In May 2021, Seoul chose to increase the number of smart street poles equipped with AI-based surveillance cameras that will automatically turn to face the direction where strange sounds are made. In 2020, the education ministry demonstrated cameras capable of detecting violence and other abnormal activities at schools to prevent school violence.
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