04 / 07 / 2019

How AI can improve safety

AI is being used everywhere to help improve safety.

How AI can improve safety

They include facial recognition algorithms designed to detect intruders, systems to spot spam or detect credit card fraud and devices that can determine whether you’re fully concentrating while driving.

First, what is AI?

AI or Artificial Intelligence can be described as the simulation of human intelligence by machines (or computers) and includes tasks like learning, reasoning and self-correction. Basically, it allows machines to perform human-like tasks and solve complex problems.

 

 

Safety at home

Advancements in object recognition technologies have improved home alarm systems. They can now be set up to recognise household pets (such as cats and dogs) as they move around the house. As a result, alarm systems can be set up to monitor the entire house, as pets can be identified and will not trigger it, whereas before rooms with pets in would have to be excluded or risk false alarms.


Facial detection is also improving all the time and has allowed for the creation of smart doorbells and lock systems. They are able to learn the faces of residents and can automatically lock the doors and notify the owners if an unknown person is approaching. Not only helping to deter unwelcome guests, this also means that there is a camera constantly monitoring the door.

 

There is still some room for improvement in these systems however as one man discovered when attempting to enter his house, only to be denied access as batman was not a known resident!

 

 

Safety at work

As a direct result of the growing use of AI, robots and robotic systems are becoming more intelligent and are capable of ever-more advanced tasks. Dangerous tasks, such as working in close proximity to dangerous chemicals or in hazardous factories, can now be performed by robots, putting human workers safely out of harm's way. 

 

AI systems can also be implemented in factories or warehouses which monitor the locations of workers in high-risk areas. They can intelligently prevent potentially hazardous situations by automatically stopping large pieces of machinery, allowing people to pass by safely, or rerouting vehicles so they do not cross paths with the workers.

 

 

Safety in sport

Some sports are far more dangerous than others and can pose even more of a risk to keen hobbyists if performed alone or in remote areas. At Tended, we are able to use AI to promote safety through our intelligent accident detection. The Tended Protect is able to learn a user’s movement patterns and detect anomalies that indicate that an accident has occurred and immediately send a notification to their emergency contacts, informing them that they may be in trouble and providing them with their location. 

 

This adds a safety net for those people as they know if the worst was to happen, their contacts would know immediately and help could be sent out to them.

 

This is just a snapshot of the different ways that AI is currently being used. With its advancing capabilities, there is a great potential for AI to improve the safety and quality of our lives. Although often thought of as a creepy, i,Robot-style machines of the future, in reality there are many positives that come from using AI. With improved processes at work, home and in sports, it can certainly make the world a safer place.