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South Korea to Deploy Rail-Mounted Robot and AI Surveillance on Border

South Korea will install a rail-mounted robot and artificial intelligence (AI)-based surveillance system later this year in “no man’s land” on the Korean peninsula.

The $2.8 billion project will see the robot installed in October. The AI-enabled video and audio system, meanwhile, will be deployed two months later.

The systems will be installed for a trial period of six months. Should they meet military requirements, permanent deployment is expected, Yonhap News Agency reported citing the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

Rail-mounted Robot

The robotic system is designed to move along a rail at five meters (16 feet) per second, tracking and detecting moving objects through a high-resolution, remote-controlled, pan-tilt camera and an advanced sensor, the statement explained.

The system’s sensor can detect and track movements of objects as small as 0.3 × 0.3 m (12 x 12 in.) moving at a distance of more than 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) during the day and of more than 200 meters (656 feet) at night.

AI System

The AI-based system analyzes sounds and movement patterns of objects through CCTV footage. It alerts a control room should an infiltrator be detected.

The system employs deep-learning technologies which enable continuous improvement in the platform’s detection capabilities. It will be deployed on both land and maritime boundaries.

“These systems are expected to help allow tighter, round-the-clock surveillance missions to minimize possible loopholes, and help manage our troops more effectively,” the government agency stated. 

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