SCS partners with iOmniscient to make cities safer

Only a city that has the ability to deal with complex behaviours in crowds, while ensuring privacy and optimising safety, security and operational efficiency can have the tag of being a smart city. In order to carry out any major initiative, a city must first ensure the safety and security of its citizens. 

Today, in the age of digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI) walks hand-in-hand with safety and security. AI has numerous applications in the development of a smart city, and safety and security is one of the key tools used to proactively act against criminals and known terrorist. There are innumerable areas where AI can be implemented to develop safer and happier cities. Here’s a look at how AI is being actively integrated with safety policies and crime prevention. 

Citizen safety is one of the primary KPIs that give a city the tag of being a smart city. A person can live their best life when they know they’re safe and secure. In an era of digital transformation, AI is the primary tool creating a safety shield for cities. Today, advanced video analytics, on the backbone of AI has the capabilities to detect fights, slips and falls, unidentified abandoned objects, recognise known suspects and terrorists, along innumerable more applications in crowded and complex scenes. AI is the 21st century safety net that drives cities into improving their existing infrastructure and services by harnessing the powers of intelligent technology and data analytics. 

An integrated network of intelligent systems that captures public safety information and responds to real-time events effectively can make a city safe. These systems that use AI can predict and prevent any kind of suspicious or malicious activities. Thus, making automated response systems an integral factor in smart cities. 

Sophisticated multi-sensory AI based analytics can help understand behaviour and situations to detect criminal activities. For instance, using convergent AI technology iOmniscient systems can detect gun violence. It then sends alerts to the smart phone of the nearest appropriate first responder regarding the gunshot fired with a video of what’s happened and allows the officer to jump-to-event. 

In a normal situation, it would be difficult for the police to find out immediately the exact location of the gunshot and evaluate the gravity of the situation. This is where iOmniscient’s advanced video analytic surveillance technology comes into play. The system sends a video to the police’s smart phone along with the GPS location of the event, and simultaneously enrols the faces of the persons present in the scene into its system. This enables the officers to be proactive and it also facilitates forensic investigations. According to a shotspotter report, 80 per cent of gun violence is never reported or accurately identified. This solution helps resolve this critical problem. 

One of the earliest forms of AI for safety was introduced in 1995 by the NYPD, called CompStat. This was the first ever-predictive policing tool that had been used. Since 2001, iOmniscient, a global AI based advanced video analytics software provider has been developing tools that help prevent crimes. These proactive tools are being deployed by government agencies around the world to arrest known suspects and terrorists before they can commit the crime. The system is built on the foundation of hybrid AI, by combining Heuristic + Neural Network/Deep Learning + Active/Guided Learning algorithms resulting in fast and accurate results with minimal computing infrastructure. 

Helping to find lost and stolen children is now a major societal challenge. iOmniscient’s face recognition within a crowd system is an important tool in the arsenal of Police Agencies confronted with this problem. 

A primary concern with smart business analytics and video surveillance is the privacy of citizens. With the Facebook data scandal making the rounds, the fears of citizens’ right to privacy is ever growing. iOmniscient understands this and therefore, its video analytics system is designed in a manner that protects privacy of individuals by redacting faces, and only allowing access to them with a special key that can be used by authorised personnel in emergency situations. 

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About iOmniscient
 As a pioneer in Video Analytics with almost 2 decades of commercial experience (since 2001) iOmniscient is the longest standing independent analytics company in the world. The company has recently extended its already comprehensive Analytics capability to provide an Artificial Intelligence based Multi-Sensory Analytics Platform that includes sound and smell as well as video to better replicate human reasoning. These technologies are proven and iOmniscient’s systems have been implemented by commercial and government users in 50+ countries around the world. 

About SCS 
At Sylvania Connected Solutions we breathe life into a city’s sleeping infrastructure resources, waking them up to connect intelligently and work seamlessly for the benefit of the people who live there. With a solid foundation of 40+ years in the Australian market and a global heritage stretching back over a century, Sylvania Connected Solutions was born with a founding vision of transforming cities into smarter, more liveable communities. With a proven track record of being able to switch on a city and give it smarts, our canopy of intelligent IoT devices, systems and technologies deliver high value solutions that address urban challenges, drive economic progress, improve liveability and provide an ongoing return on investment.