Smart cities are the order of the day and for this, they have to be aware of what is happening. Thanks to Sony IMX500 sensors with integrated AI, Roma will be able to start optimizing traffic jams and pollution to minimizing the number of people waiting for buses.
Sony Europe has just announced that they are starting three Rome monitoring tests by Envision using IMX500 sensors that have embedded AI and therefore can identify objects in the image without the need to properly export the images to external servers and which machines or people follow up.
The main objective of this test is evaluate and offer an intelligent parking system to reduce pollution and traffic jams caused by searching for parking. For this, this test seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of a system in which drivers who want to park receive an alert when there is a free spot, and are directed to it.
In addition to this, it is expected that recognize how many people get on or off a bus allowing from that time to optimize the bus system by varying its frequency in real time according to the need and people who are waiting.
And last and third objective, they pretend monitor zebra crossings to alert drivers when pedestrians are crossing using a low latency smart light system on the road.
These tests will take place during the month of June in Rome. There could be certain privacy concerns of that camera system, however, Sony confirms that thanks to its AI system in the sensor itself the only thing that is sent is the metadata relating to free parking, the presence of pedestrians on the street or the number of people getting on or off the bus.
No images stored locally or remotely, they don’t even come off the sensor. Therefore, the required bandwidth can be reduced and the monitoring system can be installed in existing networks, apart from what this implies in terms of privacy.
We will have to see the result of this pilot test because we could be facing a smart revolution for the new generation of cars and drivers in big cities.