Mitsubishi Electric develops AI crowd surveillance

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Electric has developed a system using artificial intelligence technology that can monitor crowds and pick out particular individuals. Applications for the system include scanning commercial areas for people acting suspiciously or simply needing assistance. The Japanese electronics maker said the video-based system utilizes deep learning technology, through which a computer can learn the characteristics of specific objects. The company hopes to market the system by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when huge numbers of visitors are expected to descend on the Japanese capital. The system monitors video feeds from security cameras and detects individuals that fit predetermined characteristics automatically and in real time. It can detect, for example, someone carrying a suspicious item, such as a plastic fuel can, someone pushing a stroller or an elderly person walking with…

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