Hyderabad: For the first time, the police used artificial intelligence (AI) at the Medaram jatara to spot the build-up of people at individual spots in advance, which helped the personnel prevent overcrowding.
Fourteen high definition cameras were installed at different points which were connected to a control room. The feed from these cameras was analysed by AI to estimate the crowd size at given points.
Based on the estimates, the police personnel on the ground received instructions for crowd and traffic management. The high definition cameras were installed at hotspots like Jampana lake and RTC bus stand which are prone to crowding.
Approximately 1.5 crore devotees visited the Medram jatara to seek the blessing of Sammakka and Saralamma this year. Around 12,000 policemen were deployed and 350 CCTV cameras and 20 special cameras were installed in the surrounding premises.
Taking a clue from the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, the largest congregation of people, at Triveni Sangam, the Telangana state police has used AI. The information technology department studied the use of AI for more than six months before introducing it at the Medaram jatara....