Artificial Intelligence Idea Could Fight Terrorism

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Artificial Intelligence Idea Could Fight Terrorism


Byline: Andrew Mernin

THE Government's drive to protect the country against terror attacks could be boosted by intelligent technology developed by a fledgling North East firm.

Newcastle's Generic AI has attracted Government interest for its technology which, among other things, can spot unusual behaviour in a crowd.

The software has obvious applications in airports or other bustling places where it could be harnessed to identify potential terrorists acting suspiciously.

Government counter-terror body INSTINCT is to enter preliminary talks with Generic AI, which also hopes to develop the technology for baggage X-ray and fingerprint analysis.

Meanwhile County Durham airport security specialist Kromek is keen to discuss possible areas of collaboration with Generic AI, after representatives of the two companies met at a recent conference.

Generic AI attended the Secure Futures technology conference in Sedgefield, where it made a pitch to a room full of potential investors for pounds 310,000 in financial backing.

It was one of 11 pitching businesses with applications in the security industry and ultimately won a pounds 10,000 prize from host Secure Futures - a

London consultancy focused on public security.

For the prize the London firm will donate pounds 10,000-worth of its services to help Generic AI - which is at the research and development stage - so it can ready itself for market.

Director of development Rob Clennell said the two-year-old company aimed to become a leading artificial intelligence consultancy and was on the hunt for new investment as it prepared for commercial success.

"Generic AI will be a small but expert consultancy team. Its unique technology/consultancy approach will enable the company to become a leading brand. The success at the Connect conference has generated a level of interest that will hopefully be a springboard for the success of this venture. …

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