The United Nations (UN) plays a crucial role in global peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and development. The safety and security of its staff are of paramount importance, particularly in regions where they face heightened risks due to violence or terrorism. Our startup Kuality AI has developed an innovative solution called ThirdEye, designed to enhance road safety, improve compliance, and decrease road accidents. This AI-powered device has the potential to significantly improve the security of UN staff members by providing real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and timely alerts.
The Issue of Road Safety
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.35 million people die each year due to road traffic accidents, while an additional 20–50 million people suffer from non-fatal injuries. Road traffic accidents have become the eighth leading cause of death globally and the leading cause of death for individuals aged 5–29 years. This alarming trend poses a significant challenge for governments, organisations, and communities worldwide, including the United Nations.
The Growing Need for Enhanced Security for UN Staff
The UN operates in numerous locations worldwide, with many of its staff working in high-risk environments. These individuals are often exposed to dangerous situations, including armed conflicts, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. Ensuring their safety and security is a top priority for the organisation.
Traditional measures, such as deploying security personnel and implementing safety protocols, have limitations. They can be resource-intensive and may not always provide adequate protection. The integration of advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can complement these measures and significantly enhance the security of UN staff members.
ThirdEye: An AI-Powered Road Safety Solution
ThirdEye is an advanced AI-powered device developed by Kuality AI. It aims to ensure safer roads, improve compliance, help decrease road accidents, and create safer cities and communities. By leveraging AI technologies, ThirdEye can reduce the chances of a fleet being involved in or causing vehicular accidents.
The system works by providing real-time monitoring and predictive analytics, helping to prevent collisions and reduce their severity. It uses integrated data to improve CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scores, enhance compliance, and exonerate drivers from costly insurance claims. Additionally, ThirdEye can be used to coach drivers and help them improve their skills.
ThirdEye offers a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to promote road safety and driver compliance:
Driver Assistance System: Predictive Collision Alerts help drivers anticipate risks caused by other drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, changing traffic lights, and other factors. By providing real-time alerts, ThirdEye enables drivers to take evasive action, reducing the risk of accidents.
Driver Monitoring System: AI processes from internal cameras are used to analyse facial movements and detect unsafe driver behaviour in real time. This includes monitoring for signs of fatigue, distraction, or aggression, enabling swift intervention when required.
Command & Control System: This system summarises all driving events and behaviours into a single score, providing a simple way to track drivers’ safe driving over time. It also offers the ability to communicate with drivers on demand, enabling real-time feedback and coaching.
ThirdEye AI Features
ThirdEye’s cutting-edge AI technology is designed to enhance road safety and driver compliance through several key features:
Dual Camera Detection: The system uses a dual camera to detect distracted or drowsy driving, as well as in-cabin and external risks, in real time.
In-Vehicle Predictive AI: The AI monitors the driver’s face, detecting distractions, cell phone usage, smoking, noise, seat belt non-compliance, and more.
AI-Powered Alerts: ThirdEye predicts collisions before they occur, giving drivers more reaction time with AI-powered alerts.
Privacy Protection: The system only records collisions and high-risk events, respecting driver privacy by not recording everything.
How ThirdEye Enhances the Security of UN Staff
ThirdEye’s advanced AI-powered solutions can significantly improve the security of UN staff members by:
Monitoring Vehicle Activity
ThirdEye can track the location and movement of vehicles in real-time. This information can be used to identify potential threats, such as vehicles that are loitering near UN facilities or travelling at high speeds. By monitoring vehicle activity, ThirdEye can provide valuable insights that help to protect UN staff members from harm.
Identifying Potential Threats
ThirdEye uses AI to analyse vehicle activity for signs of potential threats. This includes monitoring vehicles driving erratically or displaying other suspicious behaviour. By identifying potential threats in real time, ThirdEye can help to prevent incidents before they occur.
Alerting UN Staff to Potential Threats
In addition to monitoring and identifying potential threats, ThirdEye can automatically alert UN staff members when a threat is detected. This allows staff to take evasive action or seek shelter, reducing the risk of harm.
Training and Education for Safer Roads
In addition to the immediate safety benefits provided by ThirdEye’s AI-powered solutions, the technology can also play a crucial role in driver training and education. By identifying unsafe driving behaviours and providing real-time feedback, ThirdEye can help drivers develop safer habits and improve their overall driving skills.
The Future of Road Safety and Security for UN Staff
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and complex, ensuring the safety and security of UN staff members remains a top priority. The integration of advanced AI technology, such as ThirdEye, has the potential to revolutionise road safety and security for these individuals.
By providing real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and timely alerts, ThirdEye can help to identify and respond to potential threats before they become incidents. This innovative solution represents an important step forward in enhancing the safety of UN staff members, enabling them to continue their vital work in promoting peace, humanitarian aid, and development around the world.
Expanding ThirdEye’s Capabilities
As AI technology continues to evolve, there is potential for ThirdEye to expand its capabilities and further enhance the security of UN staff. For example, the AI system could potentially be integrated with other security measures, such as facial recognition technology or licence plate scanners, to provide a more comprehensive security solution.
Additionally, ThirdEye could be customised to monitor for specific threats relevant to the UN’s work, such as vehicles carrying dangerous cargo or displaying flags and insignia associated with extremist groups. By adapting the system to meet the unique needs of the UN, ThirdEye could become an even more powerful tool in protecting staff members from harm.
Collaborating with Local Authorities and NGOs
Another potential avenue for improving the security of UN staff using ThirdEye is through collaboration with local authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). By sharing real-time data and analysis, ThirdEye could help to create a network of information that enables a more coordinated response to potential threats. This collaboration could also lead to the development of best practices for road safety and security, benefiting not only UN staff but also the wider community in high-risk areas.
Promoting a Culture of Road Safety and Security
The implementation of ThirdEye within the UN could also have a positive impact on promoting a culture of road safety and security. By demonstrating a commitment to using advanced technology to protect its staff, the UN can set an example for other organisations and governments to follow. This could lead to wider adoption of AI-powered road safety solutions, ultimately contributing to safer roads and communities worldwide.
By investing in innovative solutions like ThirdEye, the UN demonstrates its commitment to the safety and security of its staff, setting an example for other organisations and governments to follow. This investment not only helps to protect UN staff members but also contributes to the promotion of a culture of road safety and security worldwide.