S. Korea to strengthen border surveillance with AI technology

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South Korea plans to introduce artificial intelligence (AI)-powered surveillance technology in some front-line outposts to replace outdated systems and better detect threats along the border with North Korea, the state arms agency said Tuesday, Yonhap reports.

The new system with enhanced monitoring capabilities will be introduced in eastern front-line general outposts (GOPs) and coastline units by the end of this year, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

GOPs are military outposts located along the southern edge of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

The system employs AI analysis technology to detect humans and animals, and is equipped with thermal vision and short-wave infrared technology to enhance monitoring capabilities in harsh weather, according to the agency.

DAPA said it expects the system to enhance service conditions of front-line troops by minimizing false alarms.

The agency launched the project in 2022 and signed a contract with security company S-1 for the system in November last year.

"(We) will expedite the deployment of the AI scientific guard system and actively utilize it in guard operations to optimize the readiness posture," Gen. Son-sik, head of the Army Ground Operations Command, said, according to DAPA.

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