Itau Unibanco catches criminals with AI-controlled cameras
Itaú Unibanco, the largest bank in Brazil, is installing cameras with artificial intelligence (AI) detection in its branches.
Originally, the bank installed this last year in certain undisclosed branches. It says that given the success and the results obtained, it is now expanding its use in its physical branch network.
The bank hasn’t revealed any further details regarding the implementation, its partners or suppliers.
“As in autonomous cars, through a database, the cameras are able to identify suspicious attitudes and objects such as firearms and iron bars,” states the bank. No statement has been released regarding walking canes.
The aim of this is to reduce the response time in situations which “escape normalcy”.
The cameras offer a high-quality image, as well as facial recognition, identification of the number of clients within branch, measure queuing time and generate heat maps.
Last year, Brazil passed a data protection laws, similar to GDPR, which may potentially clash with this tech. Speaking to ZDNet, the bank said it would take these laws into account.
Last year, São Paulo subway operator ViaQuatro was sued after installing gates which collected data on passengers such as emotions, approximate age and gender.