ASHDOD : An Israeli firm tests AI to curb drowning : An Israeli city is testing whether an artificial intelligence programme that detects drowning threats can help save lives off its beaches.

The programme, developed by a company called SightBit, uses information collected from surveillance cameras to determine who is in the water - an adult or child, for example - if they are moving or limp, and the currents movement at that location.

If a threat is determined, the programme sends an alert to a tablet held by the user - a lifeguard, in this case - with urgent instructions to act.

SightBit's chief executive Natanel Eliav told AFP that he developed the technology after identifying a shortfall in how closed-circuit footage was being applied to boost safety in the water.

The programme has been in use for more than a year in Ashdod, a city on Israel's Mediterranean coast that chose to deploy SightBit technology in an area at a distance from the nearest lifeguard.

''We chose to locate the technology in areas away from the lifeguard towers, so the additional 'eyes'  there help the lifeguards very much, said Arie Turheman, director of Ashdod's coast division.

Eliav voiced confidence that SightBit can ''save lives'', in a country that sees dozens of drowning deaths a year. [AFP]


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