AI primed to aid SA war against criminals

July 12, 2019 8:51 am0 comments
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – A LOCAL facial recognition start-up believes artificial intelligence (AI) will play an ever-increasing role in South Africa’s war on crime.

The projection comes after the country was ranked the 37th most dangerous in the recently-released Global Peace Index (GPI).

“A key factor in making South Africa more dangerous even than gang-wracked El Salvador is the easy availability of firearms,” said Laurence Seberini, founder and Managing Director of Camatica.

Johannesburg-based Camatica has developed a range of AI-powered facial recognition solutions specifically-designed for different business sectors including retail, transportation and human resources.

Seberini said there was hope on the horizon, considering AI in the form of algorithms combined with smart optical cameras were being used to detect weapons in China.

AI is already used to detect gunshots in South Africa.

The country is the first outside the United States to implement the “shotspotter” audio technology, which is being used to fight wildlife poaching in the Kruger National Park and gun violence on the Cape Flats.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is also developing a homegrown version of the technology.

“There is no reason why an optical element cannot be added to help slash gun violence in this country (South Africa),” Seberini argued.

Thus, he projected AI to play a bigger role in South Africa’s war on crime.

“Facial recognition is used in the serious business of running airports and securing borders. Why can’t we also trust this proven AI technology to search human beings for weapons?” Seberini asked.

His firm is now focused on rolling out its proprietary technology within several public sector environments it believes could benefit from AI.

“We need to move with the times and implement state-of-the-art policing solutions that are not impacted by bias,” Seberini concluded.

– CAJ News

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