Japan’s police eye AI to control crowds at Tokyo Games
An experiment using an artificial intelligence system to estimate the number of spectators and their movements was conducted during the annual Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo by the Metropolitan Police Department and Panasonic.
The MPD and the major electronics maker will analyze the data collected on Sunday at the festival’s venues, and examine whether the system could be utilized at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
MPD vehicles equipped with Panasonic cameras were stationed at two major crossings near the venues, and monitors nearby counted the number of people in designated areas and made estimations about which direction they would take.
The MPD and Panasonic will continue operating the system at major events and other occasions to equip the AI with more data. They are hoping to utilize the system for crowd control at the Tokyo Games.