Wed. Dec 1st, 2021
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Cameras attached to Seoul’s stop lights and other bridge posts don’t just tell you if you are speeding.

Programmers at Seoul Institute of Technology have created an artificial intelligence system that recognizes body movements and other cues. This will help them determine if someone is considering ending their life. The system will notify the appropriate rescue teams immediately if it suspects there is a risk.

South Korea is plagued by suicide. The rates are much higher than those in other developed countries. Furthermore, it can be extremely difficult for even trained surveillance teams to deduce whether a person is simply being pensive while enjoying the view from one of Seoul’s 27 bridges.

“We believe the new CCTV system will enable our crews detect the cases a bit more quickly and help us respond to a call faster,” Kim Hyeonggil, who heads the Yeouido Water Rescue Brigade said Reuters.

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The system is able to learn from experience and analyze every detail of the behavior of at-risk individuals, then catalogue the actions depending on whether the attempted suicide was confirmed or not.

Programmers plan to test the system with Seoul Fire and Rescue in October.

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