Japan Police to Test AI Use for Better Investigations


Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Police Agency plans to conduct experiments in fiscal 2019 on the use of artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of investigations, including an analysis of vehicle types.

AI will also be employed to look into questionable financial transactions and discover suspicious people and objects in large-scale events, informed sources said.

Some prefectural police departments have carried out similar experiments, but this will be the first trial by the NPA, according to the sources.

Under the agency's plans, AI will crunch related data in order to be able to determine vehicle types even from unclear footage of surveillance cameras. The NPA hopes that if AI can identify specific vehicles from fragmented information such as on part of an auto body, it will help the investigations of hit-and-run incidents, the sources said.

The NPA also aims to use AI for the analysis of information about suspicious money transactions.

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