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RATP can film its users (under certain conditions)


DECRYPTIONVideo surveillance in public transport would be a way to monitor the wearing of masks as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. An experiment was launched by the RATP last May, via smart cameras, to count the percentage of travelers wearing the mask, at the Châtelet-les Halles station in the Paris metro. But the device was then suspended after an intervention by the CNIL, the gendarme of the protection of personal data. Eight months later the legislative framework exists: a decree has just been published in the Official Journal, and makes it possible to allay several fears. Thus, the device cannot be used to identify or verbalize users.

“Images will never be saved, never viewed by anyone”

The device will only collect data every 20 minutes and every 100 people. Above all, the algorithm is not interested in the face, it was designed specifically to observe the wearing of the mask. “We do not store any images. We are going to install small computers next to the cameras, which will process the images in a tenth of a second. They will never be recorded, never viewed by anyone”, explains to Europe 1 Xavier Fischer, the co-founder from DatakaLab, a French artificial intelligence startup that has already participated in the experiment launched in May.

“We will keep only two figures: a number of people and a percentage of mask wear. The great novelty, moreover, is that we are now able to detect whether the mask is more or less well worn, below the nose, above the nose, etc. “, adds Xavier Fischer.

RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités are therefore in favor of this system. The town hall of Cannes had experimented with it on markets. In transport, before his suspension, he found that the wearing of a mask was even better respected during rush hour and during the week. If the legal framework is in place, no date for restarting these cameras has yet been set.



Source site www.europe1.fr

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