Artificial Intelligence Detects Troubled Swimmers

Artificial Intelligence Detects Troubled Swimmers


Artificial intelligence is now very much involved in our lives. Artificial intelligence, which helps us with many issues such as autonomous vehicles, recommender systems, robots and games, is now also appearing on smart beaches. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third most accidental death. Approximately 320,000 people drown each year. Sightbit, on the other hand, has started working on finding a solution to this problem. In this study, artificial intelligence predicts problem swimmers and potential drowning cases and gives the lifeguard the necessary warnings. 

“We use deep learning algorithms and computer vision technology in the project, " Netanel Eliav, CEO of Sightbit, said in a statement. To go deeper, we use convolutional neural networks to detect objects and make predictions., ” he said. He also explained that they used tens of thousands of data to train the Eliav model.

Sighbit works as a software that offers services on a monthly basis. Users can use this service for a certain fee on a monthly basis. In addition, Netanel Eliav said in a statement that they help their customers use cameras, but today, for security reasons, most beaches already use cameras.

How Exactly Does Artificial Intelligence Identify Problem Swimmers?

Sightbit rates the beach by its sections, taking into account the crowd situation and weather conditions. He then estimates how many lifeguards should be assigned to the departments. Thanks to the cameras, lifeguards can access live images, while Sightbit alerts lifeguards when it sees a distressed situation.

A single camera shows an area of approximately 300 meters, but ideally 3 cameras should monitor this area.

The System Will Not Replace Lifeguards

This artificial intelligence does the job of detecting problem swimmers very well. But he has not yet reached the stage to go and save them. With Sightbit, watchtowers and binoculars are replaced by cameras and monitors. But of course, this service does not replace lifeguards, it just helps them see things that they can't see.

“People are not optimized to sit in a tower and watch swimmers, " Eliav said in a statement. It's not people's fault, lifeguards can't watch all swimmers at the same time. But Sightbit can., ” he said.

During the development process of the project, lifeguards were consulted and their recommendations were received. This program does not require any special training. The system, which functions as a security camera, is user-friendly enough.

Sightbit recently began its first commercial run on Palmachim Beach, which is located in Israel and allegedly receives almost 1 million visitors during the summer season. The 400-metre area will be checked in the first phase of the test, which was launched last month, while the area will be doubled in size next week.

It looks like this project will help us greatly in improving human safety on the beaches. In fact, its use in unprotected areas can prevent many deaths.

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