South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to deploy robots and an AI-based surveillance system along the border with North Korea this year. The project, which will be deploying these technologies at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in 2021, will cost $2.5 million. DAPA says the goal is to create tighter 24/7 surveillance to minimize loopholes and manage its troops more effectively following recent security breaches.

The robots will be rail-mounted and be capable of moving at 5 meters per second along the rail. Using advanced sensors and cameras, they’ll be used to detect and track moving objects. The AI surveillance system will use a closed-circuit television network (CCTV) combined with deep learning tech to analyze videos and audio for border breaches. The AI surveillance system will be deployed in October, and the rail-mounted robots will undergo six months of testing in December.

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