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HS2 use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help develop future stations


The project, led by high-tech SME, OpenSpace Group Ltd, is part of HS2 Ltd's Innovation programme and brings together the company delivering Britain's new high speed rail network with Network Rail; intercity train operator, Avanti West Coast; and the University of Birmingham. The six month proof-of-concept project will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and LiDAR technology to digitise passenger flow data and inform the design of future HS2 stations. Traditionally stations have been designed, built and run in a way that focused on smooth running of trains for the benefit of passengers. However, Future Stations Living Lab will put passengers at the heart of design by creating a real-time replica of the existing Euston station in London. Central to the project is the combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems with cutting-edge LiDAR sensors that will capture highly accurate people movement data at Euston's forecourt, concourse and ticket gates.

NYC Mayor Adams floats 'new tech,' bag checks on subway system to detect weapons

FOX News

WARNING--Graphic footage: Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas has the latest on the investigation from Brooklyn, New York, on'Special Report.' New York City may be rolling out new technology and periodic bag checks to prevent future terrorist attacks, according to the mayor. New York City Mayor Eric Adams spoke with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday about the previous day's terror attack on the city's subway system. The mayor touched on the possibility of new technology on public transportation to prevent similar acts in the future. "With the gun detection devices – oftentimes when people hear of'metal detectors,' they immediately think of the airport model," Adams said.

TSA's Terrorist Watch List Comes for Amtrak Passengers


As Russia's war continues in Ukraine, the Biden White House has been scrambling to use every tool at its disposal in countering, or ideally preempting, Kremlin-backed cyberattacks. But as the physical carnage continues, WIRED took a look at the destructive toll of explosives and how blast trauma really works. Meanwhile, the European Union is working on a massive international facial recognition system that links databases of millions of face photos. Meta commissioned an independent study on the human rights value of end-to-end encryption and possibilities for finally ending the crypto wars. And German and United States law enforcement confiscated $25 million worth of bitcoins and took down the Russian-language dark-web marketplace Hydra, disrupting its criminal money laundering and exchange services in the process.

Brazilian civil rights organizations call for facial recognition ban in São Paulo subway


A pool of civil rights organizations in Brazil has filed a civil lawsuit against the company operating the São Paulo subway over the use of facial recognition technology amid discrimination concerns. The lawsuit calls for a Court order to immediately suspend facial recognition on the premises under the administration of Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO). In addition, the bodies demand the payment of compensation to match the cost of the system's implementation, as a result of collective moral damages caused to the rights of its passengers. According to the claimants, the technology that is currently in place as part of a surveillance system does not observe the rules under the local General Data Protection Regulation, the Brazilian Constitution and international treaties. The bodies argue that the use of images, collection and treatment of sensitive personal data are also in breach of legislation around children and consumer rights.

Can artificial intelligence be harnessed to protect the public from random assailants?

The Japan Times

On the evening of Oct. 31, 25-year-old Fukuoka native Kyota Hattori -- wearing makeup and a purple and green ensemble to emulate the villainous Joker of "Batman" franchise fame -- boarded a Keio Line train at Keio-Hachioji Station, heading for central Tokyo. After spending half an hour meandering around Shibuya, which was packed with costumed revelers feting Halloween, Hattori headed back toward Hachioji, but reversed direction again at Chofu, where he changed to a Shinjuku-bound limited express train. Soon after the doors closed, according to eye witness reports, he removed a survival knife and liquids from a backpack. When a 72-year-old male passenger tried to intervene, Hattori allegedly stabbed the man and proceeded to pursue fleeing passengers, splashing them with lighter fluid, which he then ignited. The stabbing victim was hospitalized in a critical condition and 16 other passengers suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

Robo-Shinkansen rolls slowly – for now – across 5km of Japan


A Canadian teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing $37 million worth of cryptocurrency ($46M Canadian) via a SIM swap scam, making it the largest virtual cash heist affecting a single person yet, according to police. Together with the FBI and the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, Hamilton Police in the Canadian province of Ontario launched a joint probe to investigate the breach of a US resident's mobile phone account. The victim was reportedly targeted with a SIM swap attack – their phone number was hijacked and ported to a different phone belonging to the attacker. The miscreant was then able to enter personal accounts via two-factor authentication requests and obtain details of the victim's cryptocurrency wallet. From there, millions of dollars were siphoned off, it's claimed.

Modelling and Optimisation of Resource Usage in an IoT Enabled Smart Campus

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

University campuses are essentially a microcosm of a city. They comprise diverse facilities such as residences, sport centres, lecture theatres, parking spaces, and public transport stops. Universities are under constant pressure to improve efficiencies while offering a better experience to various stakeholders including students, staff, and visitors. Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence indicates that campus assets are not being utilised efficiently, often due to the lack of data collection and analysis, thereby limiting the ability to make informed decisions on the allocation and management of resources. Advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that can sense and communicate data from the physical world, coupled with data analytics and Artificial intelligence (AI) that can predict usage patterns, have opened up new opportunities for organisations to lower cost and improve user experience. This thesis explores this opportunity via theory and experimentation using UNSW Sydney as a living laboratory.

Moscow metro launches facial recognition payment system despite privacy concerns


More than 240 metro stations across Moscow now allow passengers to pay for a ride by looking at a camera. The Moscow metro has launched what authorities say is the first mass-scale deployment of a facial recognition payment system. According to The Guardian, passengers can access the payment option called FacePay by linking their photo, bank card and metro card to the system via the Mosmetro app. "Now all passengers will be able to pay for travel without taking out their phone, Troika or bank card," Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin tweeted. In the official Moscow website's announcement, the country's Department of Transport said all Face Pay information will be encrypted.

Privacy fears as Moscow metro rolls out facial recognition pay system

The Guardian

The Moscow metro has rolled out what authorities have lauded as the world's first mass-scale facial recognition payment system, amid privacy concerns over the new technology. The cashless, cardless and phoneless system, named Face Pay, launched at more than 240 stations across the Russian capital on Friday. "Now all the passengers will be able to pay for travel without taking out their phone, metro or bank card," the Moscow mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, tweeted on Thursday evening. To activate Face Pay, Sobyanin said, passengers will need to connect their photo, bank card and metro card to the service through the metro's mobile app. "It will be enough just to look at the camera to pass through the turnstiles," Sobyanin said.

Subway Passengers in Moscow Will Be Able to Pay for the Ride With Their Faces


Soon there will be no need for a passenger of the Moscow subway to pause in front of the turnstiles and frantically search their pockets for a transit card or ticket. Starting from Oct. 15, a glance at the camera will open the pay gate. On Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that the Face Pay system will soon be available at all subway stations (about 300). To be able to use it, commuters register in the Moscow subway app, upload a photo of their face, and attach their bank card. Once the user approaches turnstiles, the camera recognizes the face (even if the person is wearing a mask), the fare is debited from their account, and the pay gate opens.