'Virtual Crowd Detector' helps keep people off streets in Poland

  • Monday 06, April 2020 03:59 PM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: 'Virtual Crowd Detector', an algorithm written into the programme operating the Polish city of Gdynia surveillance system helps the city authorities spot people gathering in public spaces in violation of recently introduced restrictions to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus.
The programme, designed by a Polish company Tooploox, uses artificial intelligence to spot and alert authorities to gatherings in public spaces.

Tooploox made the algorithm available free of charge on GitHub, a US-based global company that provides hosting for software development.

Gdynia city deputy mayor, Bartosz Bartoszewicz said the information collected by the system will help city authorities decide about more closures of public spaces.

The city has recently closed a popular pier after crowds gathered there last weekend enjoying sunny weather.

Poland on Tuesday (March 31) imposed further curbs on public life, including closing access to parks, beaches, bike rentals, and other public places, exclusive service hours for elderly people, and ban on unaccompanied minors in public spaces.

The government's actions announced on Tuesday add to measures it has taken earlier this month. Poland has already banned gatherings of more than two people, excluding families, and told citizens not to leave their homes except for essential activities.

As of Wednesday (April 1), 2,420 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the country of 38 million, while 36 people had died, according to the health ministry.