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Privacy-preserving AI-enabled video surveillance for social distancing: responsible design and deployment for public spaces

Nehemia Sugianto (Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)
Dian Tjondronegoro (Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)
Rosemary Stockdale (Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)
Elizabeth Irenne Yuwono (Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 15 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper proposes a privacy-preserving artificial intelligence-enabled video surveillance technology to monitor social distancing in public spaces.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper proposes a new Responsible Artificial Intelligence Implementation Framework to guide the proposed solution's design and development. It defines responsible artificial intelligence criteria that the solution needs to meet and provides checklists to enforce the criteria throughout the process. To preserve data privacy, the proposed system incorporates a federated learning approach to allow computation performed on edge devices to limit sensitive and identifiable data movement and eliminate the dependency of cloud computing at a central server.

Findings

The proposed system is evaluated through a case study of monitoring social distancing at an airport. The results discuss how the system can fully address the case study's requirements in terms of its reliability, its usefulness when deployed to the airport's cameras, and its compliance with responsible artificial intelligence.

Originality/value

The paper makes three contributions. First, it proposes a real-time social distancing breach detection system on edge that extends from a combination of cutting-edge people detection and tracking algorithms to achieve robust performance. Second, it proposes a design approach to develop responsible artificial intelligence in video surveillance contexts. Third, it presents results and discussion from a comprehensive evaluation in the context of a case study at an airport to demonstrate the proposed system's robust performance and practical usefulness.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) for the support during this work by providing us access to the airport's cameras and required hardware for computation and experiments. The financial support from QAL has helped to establish the foundation of this work. The first author would also like to thank the Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUIPRS) and Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUPRS) for financial support that led to the completion to this work.

Citation

Sugianto, N., Tjondronegoro, D., Stockdale, R. and Yuwono, E.I. (2021), "Privacy-preserving AI-enabled video surveillance for social distancing: responsible design and deployment for public spaces", Information Technology & People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-07-2020-0534

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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