Nice is experimenting with artificial intelligence-based personal search software

The mayor of Nice does not despair that the legislation evolves concerning the use of facial recognition by the video surveillance networks of the communes.

The City had experimented with this technology during the 2019 edition of the carnival. But the National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL) has vetoed it.

There is no question of “wasting time” while waiting for the CNIL to change its mind. Christian Estrosi unveiled a new experiment in progress.

It could make it possible to identify a person, a vehicle or even an object more quickly thanks to artificial intelligence… But without using biometric data.

Track clothes instead of faces

The solution developed by Avigilon – a Canadian company acquired by an American group – makes it possible to “tag” an individual and simultaneously query the entire video surveillance network to automatically identify people responding to the same report.

This time, it is not the faces that are tracked but the dress, the age or the size. A set of criteria that allows video operators to submit a set of matches where they had to operate manually based only on their judgment.

“This software allows us to go faster and be more efficient”, insists the mayor who intends to extend its use to the entire network. But not without the agreement of the CNIL.

“In theory, we could. We are not obliged to seek it, as we have not identified any contraindications in existing legislation to the use of this technology.assures Christian Estrosi. But I try to convince and I would prefer that the CNIL be our partner.”

An impact study will therefore be submitted to it in the summer on the basis of the first 64 operating licenses that the City has just acquired for 2,000 euros each. And if the experiment is conclusive, the use of this tracking software could be generalized at the start of the school year.

The municipality is already convinced of its usefulness both for finding the perpetrator of an offense and a person in need of rapid assistance, a lost child or an elderly person suffering from cognitive disorders.

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