With traffic violators in Shenzhen plan to fight by SMS

Published on March 29, 2018

With traffic violators in Shenzhen plan to fight by SMS



    The traffic police of the Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to begin a serious fight against pedestrians - violators of traffic rules. There are many violators, since the population of the city is 12 million people, and, consequently, they negatively affect the quality of traffic in the metropolis. Those who cross the road in the wrong place or at the red light of a traffic light endanger their own and others' lives.

    It is clear that you can’t put a policeman at every pedestrian crossing or other stretch of road, so we decided to fight using technology. Namely - artificial intelligence and face recognition. Violator of traffic rules, which "recognized" will receive an SMS with a warning. In addition, the culprit will receive a fine, the size of which is still unknown.

    In China, there are no special problems with the use of personal data of citizens - at the request of the authorities, any Chinese service is required to provide any data for a specific user. At the time of violation of the rules, the face of a negligent citizen is transferred to a specialized system that is controlled by the police. Then the person is compared with the database of photos in the largest social services of the country, including WeChat, Weibo and others.

    As soon as the user is defined, a message is sent to him- it can be a regular SMS or messenger. Crossing the road in the wrong place with pedestrians is a headache for the police. Many Chinese people cross the road as God puts their hearts on it, not paying any attention to traffic on the road. The reason for this is negligence, imprudence or simply stupidity. But all this leads to emergencies on the roads.

    The combination of technology and psychology, according to the police, should solve the problem of incorrect crossing the road.



    Face recognition in conjunction with artificial intelligence has already been used by the Chinese to regulate traffic. However, in relation to drivers - negligent car owners who violated the rules, they identified and promptly punished them with a fine.

    Now a decision has been made to take action with regard to pedestrians. By the way, in addition to fines and SMS, they are also affected in a different way - the faces of the violators are shown on the big screen installed at the pedestrian crossing. Of course, such screens are not everywhere, because they are quite expensive. But in the busiest places they still installed. The authorities began to implement this project in 2017.

    The installation of cameras in Shenzhen is carried out by Intellifusion, which provides authorities with a resolution of 7 million pixels. The cameras track in real time the movement of crossings across the road, and then, as mentioned above, send pictures of the faces of violators through specialized bases.

    The project is already undergoing a pilot phase. Over 10 months of work, 13,930 violators were recorded, whose faces were shown on a large screen. Moreover, they are also shown on a specialized site launched by the police several months ago. The names of violators are indicated on the site, and their ID is partially shown so that people do not get confused. Well, the step with warning pedestrians using SMS and private messages was made in order to further increase the pressure on violators.

    The system reveals not only one-time offenses. "Road repeat offenders", that is, pedestrians who violated the rules several times, receive a reduction in social rating ( published on Geektimesrelevant article). In short, the lower the social rating, the less opportunities a citizen has. The most malicious violators can be banned from traveling abroad, as well as leave the area of ​​residence by public transport of any type.

    According to police, the Chinese are even affected by simply showing their faces on screens near the road. AI and face recognition are not perfect, in addition, there are many tourists in Shenzhen, residents of other regions who have not yet reached the base and are just random guests. Therefore, the probability of a system triggering can be about 10%. But the measures taken by the police help fight those pedestrians whose faces are not recognized by the system.

    In the near future, however, the databases of residents of different regions of China will be merged into one, so that the fight against offenders will become nationwide, going beyond the boundaries of the metropolis. Over time, the police promise to hone face recognition technology and expand the base of photographs of citizens.