AI-based movement detection system to boost border security
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AI-based movement detection system to boost border security

The technology can differentiate human movement from that of vehicles and cattle.

punjab Updated: Jul 15, 2018 16:05 IST
Jatinder Kaur Tur
Jatinder Kaur Tur
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Border Security Force,Pakistan in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir,Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System
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The Border Security Force (BSF) is set to secure the border along Pakistan in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, besides the border with Bangladesh, with high-tech seismic sensors buried underground to detect human movement.

The technology, which can differentiate human movement from that of vehicles and cattle, is part of a pilot project of the BSF, the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), in J&K, and will now be replicated along the rest of the border to check terrorism, drug influx and ensure foolproof border security, it is learnt. The technology has been developed by Chandigarh-based CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, and talks are now on between the CSIO and BSF for large-scale application. It must be mentioned here that BSF director general KK Sharmaon a recent visit to the city had said that the pilot projects under CIBMS in the valley will comprise a wide array of latest sophisticated surveillance devices, including the sensors, ground-based radar systems and lasers.

The warning time is in tens of second, depending on the installation of sensors with respect to vital installations. It generates an alarm and sends key information of the event via email and text message to the registered users. The system is based on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven earthquake warning system developed by the CSIO, which has also found takers for such sensors in Delhi Metro. While it already has copyright for this indigenous technology, it has also applied for patent.

CSIO director RK Sinha said the organisation has been engaged in design, development and batch production of these seismological instruments “taking India on the international map of a selected few countries in possession of this technology”. He said it has “direct operational value” and is being used by various user departments, such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India Meteorological Department, IITs Kurukshetra University, and the railways.

Satish Kumar, senior principal scientist, CSIO department of advanced materials and sensors, said the institute has taken a quantum jump towards the system development around AI-driven seismic signal analytics.

Ripul Ghosh , scientist with the organisation’s department of computation instrumentation and a member of the team which developed the Earthquake Warning System (EqWS) based on this technology, said it is aimed at activating appropriate actions for safety.

As per Dr Aparna Akula, another scientist at the organisation, said the it is currently involved in a pilot deployment of Intelligent Elephant Movement Detection and Alert System near railway tracks in Rajaji National Park, Dehradun, in collaboration with WII, WWF-India and Uttarakhand forest department. “The system can prevent collision of elephants with trains and even warn tea estates and villages in vulnerable areas of elephant movement, and thus mitigate human-elephant conflict while preventing financial losses,” she said.

First Published: Jul 15, 2018 16:05 IST