South Korea Will Use AI Facial Recognition To Track COVID-19 Patients

South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition and thousands of closed-circuit cameras to track movement of people infected with COVID-19!

Ha, you can’t run away! 

south korea will use ai facial recognition to track covid-19 patientsPhoto via The Straits Times

According to Al-Jazeera, the nationally-funded project in Bucheon, one of the country’s most densely populated cities on the outskirts of Seoul, is due to become operational in January. Wah!

The system will use AI algorithms and facial recognition technology to analyze footage gathered by more than 10,820 security cameras and track an infected person’s movements, anyone they had close contact with, and whether they were wearing a mask.

China, Russia, India, Poland and Japan as well as the United States of America are among the governments to have rolled out or at least experimented with facial recognition systems for tracking down COVID-19 patients.

The Bucheon official said the system should reduce the strain on overworked tracing teams in a city with a population of more than 800,000 people, and help use the teams more efficiently and accurately. 

The Bucheon system can simultaneously track up to 10 people in five to 10 minutes, cutting the time spent on manual work to trace one person, which takes about half an hour to one hour. 

south korea will use ai facial recognition to track covid-19 patientsPhoto via BusinessWorld Online

This is so interesting! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat