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AI, Drones, 4K Cameras: New Tech Boosts Security Systems in Japan


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A a virtual "AI guard" at Tokyo's Ogikubo Hospital.

A growing variety of technologies are being introduced in the field of security in Japan, amid a serious shortage of security personnel

Credit: Kyodo News Service

Shortages of security personnel in Japan have prompted adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), drones, and 4K video cameras.

One example is a virtual "AI guard" from security firm Secom, tested at Tokyo's Ogikubo Hospital in October; an animated character displayed on an electric panel at the hospital entrance screens visitors' temperatures and admits those who are fever-free.

Meanwhile, Sohgo Security Services (know as Alsok) has been installing 4K cameras at locations like the Tokyo Skytree tower to test their ability to monitor the surrounding environment.

Moreover, a prison in Yamaguchi Prefecture is using Secom's camera-equipped drones on patrols, flying designated routes via global-positioning systems.

An Alsok official said, "4K, AI, and 5G will become the three sacred treasures of security from now on," respectively functioning as eyes, brain, and nerves.

From: The Japan Times
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