A new AI-powered smartphone app aims to make it easier for local authorities to deploy smart city solutions.
The Gemineye app from Australian company SenSen Networks uses proprietary AI-powered process automation software that can pull information from video and sensors within the smartphone to automate labour-intensive smart city operations.
SenSen will initially offer parking enforcement and real-time detection of illegal dumping, with additional capabilities such as asset mapping and management planned for the future.
For parking enforcement, council employees can mount their smartphone on their motorbike or on the dashboard of their vehicle and Gemineye’s AI-powered software will recognise the numberplates of parked vehicles and determine whether they comply with payment and permit restrictions. It then flags up possible incidents and provides evidence so that staff can take action in real time.
Similarly, the app can analyse feeds from the phone’s sensors and cameras to detect activity such as illegal rubbish dumping. It automatically notifies council staff, saving them from manually checking hours of footage to find people and vehicles of interest.
As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, at a test site set up outside a popular donation bin Gemineye captured 4,856 visits over a three-month period. Of those, it identified 200 illegal dumping incidents.
SenSen CEO Subhash Challa said the app is a “game changer” for governments, cities and councils, offering a cost-effective solution for smart city management.
“Technology is greatly enhancing the civic services cities can provide, but the cost of today’s specialist equipment and technology is prohibitively expensive for most cities in the world,” Challa explained.
With Gemineye, the company can deliver “a higher level of intelligence and services compared to existing high-cost infrastructure intensive solutions at a much lower cost“.