KOCHI: KMRL has decided to have AI-based cameras in the metro to introduce a passenger profiling system. The initiative is a part of the data analytics platform development project implemented by Kochi Metro and Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology (RSET).
All the passengers commuting via metro would be profiles based on their genders and age with the help of AI cameras installed in the stations. These cameras would be used for standard surveillance and assessment of the inflow of people and their luggage.
Loknath Behera, managing director of KMRL, said the cameras would be installed in the Automatic Fare Collection (FAC) areas. The cameras have facial recognition technology and can also recognize college or school uniforms.
Jaison Paul, the project’s principal investigator and VP of RSET, said, “The project is an industry-academic collaboration aiming to provide better facilities to the commuters.” He said that with AI, commuter data could be procured hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly.
He said that the AI technology’s predictive module could also forecast the volume of passengers in the upcoming days. “In the ongoing first phase, we give predictions for one to two days. With the advanced analytics, we can give predictions for two or three weeks.”
AI-driven data analytics in the metro will help assess the commuters and the footfall at each station to classify peak and non-peak hours. In the project’s upcoming phases, RSET plans to install chip-based AI cameras for more in-depth analysis.