Published On: Fri, Jan 5th, 2018

How Al and Machine Learning Revolutionising Personal Security

After the dreadful and truly horrific Nirbhaya case in New Delhi, both state and central governments had pledged stringent laws for crimes against women and better security in terms of increased policing and a wider CCTV coverage. Governments often take their own time when it comes to implementing new laws and policies. As things stand, the rate of crime against women continues to rise at a worrying pace.

How Al and Machine Learning Revolutionising Personal Security

According to the Indian National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against women in India have risen by 2.9% from 2015 to 2016. What is troubling is that, according to the report, 32.6% of crimes against women were committed by the husband or his relatives. Rape cases saw an alarming increase of 12.4% in 2016.

This might sound worrying to most of us. However, on-going advancements in technology hold the promise of a secure future.

What comes to your mind when you think of Artificial Intelligence? A know-it-all computer with human-like intelligence that manages and controls everything? Or a post-apocalyptic world where humans are battling Artificial Intelligence-powered robots for survival? The latter, I think. Hollywood has a lot to answer for demonizing Artificial Intelligence.

Hollywood aside, researchers and developers are working behind closed doors to advance and implement Artificial Intelligence in ways that you and I can only imagine. Practical applications of Artificial Intelligence have the potential to revolutionize every aspect of our day-to-day lives. From how we travel to how diseases are diagnosed, Artificial Intelligence can positively impact it all.

However right now, real-world applications of AI are limited. Deep learning and Machine Learning, both sub-sets of AI, are being used on application by application bases. For example, machine learning is being used to predict traffic patterns by some apps, Netflix uses machine learning to give movie suggestions based on your likes and watch history. Google and Facebook are using AI to enhance their search and display ads offerings.

In all of this, there are no AI apps or services that are available directly to us that enhance our lives in some way.

Until now.

Wise Systech has developed a personal security product that plucks AI out of the pages of sci-fi and puts it in front of the consumers. IRA by Wise System is being pegged as the first AI-based autonomous personal security application that relies on advanced behavioral and audio analytics to detect threats to your personal security and trigger an instant response, thereby deterring and preventing crime.

IRA relies on advanced deep learning and machine learning algorithms to learn to detect violent behavior, intrusions, dangerous objects and distress audio signals. Using only your smartphone’s microphone and camera, IRA can detect such situations and trigger a response that is pre-configured by you. It is that simple, requiring no additional software or hardware to operate.

And as more and more people use it, IRA will learn to recognize different types of threat signals on a daily basis. But what about privacy? IRA collects and analyzes all your data on the smartphone itself, without using external servers that might pose a threat to your private data. Also, Wise Systech has designed IRA to remain in a half-awake state till it detects a threat and gets activated. So we don’t need to worry about the app listening to our private conversations.

If the IRA application has got you excited then you will be happy to know that Wise Systech is launching IRA at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7th 2018. The application will be available to the public, at an affordable price, in the second quarter of 2018.

IRA has the potential to change personal security for the better and create a world where everyone walks safe with their personal protector or body guard without the added costs and baggage.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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