COVID-19: Here is how Punjab police monitor social distancing during lockdown

Punjab police monitor social distancing

The Punjab Police has come up with an innovative plan to implement social distancing practice to combat COVID-19 cases across the state. They are leveraging an artificial intelligence based drone to manage lockdown situations and making people follow social distancing.

As per a TOI report, the drone equipped with a software and high definition camera, has been developed by alumni and students of National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW).

Developed by Skylark Labs, a company founded by NITW alumni, the drone uses a deep supervised learning algorithm that identifies people on the roads by bounding a box around them. The camera detects the position of human present at various locations and divides them into grids.

It detects human beings even from a long range (upto 1,000 ft).

“The system detects humans even from a long range (up to 1000ft.), which is helpful to detect large numbers of people in a single frame. This decreases monitoring of drones constantly by zoning in for humans being detected,” read a press release issued by NITW, as per the report.

“Once a human has been detected violating the curfew, SMS alerts are sent right away to mobile phones of the police officers present closest to the spot regarding the location of the suspect and its corresponding real-time video. The location gets captured by the drone itself,” read the release.

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