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Employee safety is an important focus of every industrial plant which makes it essential for companies to track the compliance of personal safety. Many organizations are putting forth a significant effort into implementing automation systems that use AI to track and document whether employees are complying with personal safety requirements. This is a complex effort which involves many studies of AI. First Line Software has already taken part in one of those studies.

The Task

The client requested that First Line use the existing live video streaming capabilities of its CCTV cameras as the foundation for implementing an AI capability to monitor whether the company’s safety requirements were being met. This required that the AI system be able to identify specific plant production lines, employees, and key safety elements.

The Process

The First Line Software engineers created a convolutional neural network and taught it to identify the specific staff members, safety equipment elements (helmets, safety jackets, etc.) and the production line types, using the live stream from the CCTV cameras.

The pilot version of the system can track and react to the three most common scenarios of human behavior:
  1. Whether the staff is wearing the necessary safety equipment (helmet and safety jackets)
  2. Whether the individual has covered his helmet with a hood (which is strictly forbidden)
  3. Whether an individual has attached a rope when performing high-altitude work
Dataset

The typical problem of this type of research task is the lack of exact cases and the scenarios which can be used to “teach” the neural network. In order to solve this challenge, First Line had to create all the potential positive and negative scenarios of an individual’s behavior. The process also involved analyzing and creating 56 models of human behavior that could be displayed on-site at the plant.

As you can see in the photos, some of the employees were fully equipped and met the safety requirements, while some part of employees did not. The system uses 12 pivot points to analyze each individual and additional pivot points to analyze the safety equipment. Each video frame has a specific color identification as well as the text frame. In addition, the viewer can see the in-plant location trigger.

Object recognition

The algorithm developed by First Line analyzes the data in three steps. The first step is to analyze the CCTV captured frame and analyze the human presence. If a human is detected the algorithm pushes the frame to the convolutional neural network. Once this step is completed the network uses the pivot points to identify the person and the safety equipment elements – helmets and/or a safety rope. Using the “support vector” algorithm, the program compares the captured image of the person with the scheme, which is stored in database. If the algorithm detects that the safety rules have been broken, it transmits a message to the management staff.

The technology

In order to achieve the best results, First Line used Mask R-CNN (Detection Platform) to analyze the captured frames. This framework was chosen because it was the best fit for the required task and can identify and highlight objects with the frames. We taught the neural network using the transfer learning script. This script was chosen since there are no requirements to collect statistics about the completed work or the number of workers at the plant, and no need to identify the specific department where each employee spends the majority of their time at work.

The result

First Line was able to achieve the sustainable analytics of the live video with the ability to detect the objects and classification of the same. The detection ratio varies from 77 to 100 percent. The pilot project showed great results and the customer is currently running in-debt testing on their premises.

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For a software vendor like ourselves, picking the right development partner is crucial. First Line’s technical expertise and solid project management, coupled with their proficiency in Agile methodologies, have made them an integral part of our product development group.

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Application Development Director, global marketing company

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First Line is a great technology partner capable of delivering complex, ‘industrial grade’ projects. They have demonstrated strong technical competence and solid understanding of the media and publishing domain. We have also been very impressed by the management team's attention to our needs and commitment to our success.

CEO, leading European digital media company

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The First Line Software team is professional, results driven, and proactive. I know that when we provide requirements for new functionality, they will not only deliver on the scope of what has been asked but will look beyond and give insight into how we can make our product even better. It has been a privilege to work with First Line Software, and I look forward to continuing our partnership in future.

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