AI software vs COVID-19 threat: Pasig barangay monitors residents’ movements in real time

Images via Barangay San Antonio Pasig
  • A barangay in Pasig City stepped up efforts in making sure that its residents are following the government’s mandate on social distancing and curfew
  • Barangay San Antonio has equipped its 73 closed-circuit television cameras with an AI (Artificial Intelligence) software
  • Chairman Raymond Lising said the system enables them to monitor their movements in real time

Amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, a barangay in Pasig City has stepped up efforts in making sure that its residents are following the government’s mandate on social distancing and curfew.

Image via Barangay San Antonio Pasig

In line with the government’s efforts to strictly implement social distancing and curfew in the fight against COVID-19, the Barangay San Antonio equipped its 73 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) with an AI (Artificial Intelligence) software which allows the local authorities to keep an eye of areas covered by the quarantine by closely monitoring the movement of residents along the streets.

Explaining the new monitoring, Chairman Raymond Lising said the barangay used the 73 existing CCTVs in its command center and then adopted a new system using a dashboard and AI software provided for free through Project Greengrass of Things.ph and RxR Capital.

“Mayroon na kaming 73 CCTVs. We just added AI software para maging smart CCTVs sila na kayang mag-monitor ng galaw ng tao if tumatambay man sila at nag-uumpukan or hindi sumusunod sa social distancing at curfew,” Lising noted.

The  people-counter feature of the AI software enables the map to display how many people are actually moving in a certain area of the barangay. The CCTVs displays a certain color so that the people monitoring the situation can immediately find out if  “there is one person in an area or no person at all or zero movement” (green); “there are four to 10 persons” (faded orange); or “there are 11 persons or more” (solid red).

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“Makikita namin kung may kumpulan or kaunti ang tao kasi nagkukulay sa monitoring system namin dahil may indicator, mas magiging epektibo ‘yong implementasyon ng enhanced community quarantine sa aming barangay,” Lising said.

When personnel manning the Command Center are alerted by the indicators of the Smart CCTVs, they will immediately inform the security personnel through radio. The security personnel will then dispatch people to that specific area.

“Sa pamamagitan ng bagong technology na ito sa Command Center namin, nagkaroon kami ng Smart CCTVs na malaking tulong sa pagpapatupad ng social distancing at curfew sa aming barangay,” the barangay chairman said.

“Pagdating sa curfew zero talaga ang tao sa kalsada,  no moving out sa homes agad-agad ‘yong security personnel na maa-alert para i-enforce ang physical and social distancing in compliance sa quarantine,” he added.

Moreover, Lising disclosed that the technology will soon include a vehicle-counter feature as well.

“Before conventional CCTV system lang kami. Now, we have added artificial intelligence through a software company to make this possible, Lising said.

He also revealed that the barangay will soon launch their SMS-blasting platform in the coming days in collaboration with one of the largest telecommunications companies in the country. It will send advisories, announcements, and reminders to residents about COVID-19.

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