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Japan-Update

Hitachi develops AI system for finding people of interest

Eyeing use in airports, train stations

TOKYO -- Hitachi has developed an artificial intelligence system that can instantly identify and track a person caught on security camera footage, the Japanese conglomerate said Monday.

Using more than 100 characteristics such as sex, clothing color and belongings, the system scans every individual passing by a security camera from head to toe. For example, if there is an eye witness account of the individual being a "man wearing a green jacket," the system can swiftly analyze footage to find someone fitting that description.

Once a person is identified, the system will automatically initiate real-time tracking using security cameras located within facilities such as shopping centers. The system is able to recognize a person in less than a second based on numerous available visual details, even if the person is far from the camera or if the view of the face is obstructed.

The company aims to commercialize the system in the business year beginning in April 2018, hoping it is deployed in airports and train stations to help track down suspicious persons or missing children.

(Nikkei)

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