KTU: Students build ultramodern traffic light to tackle crime and boost security

Some students of the Mechatronics and Cybersecurity Department of the Koforidua Technical University have built an ultramodern traffic light system with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help fight crime and boost security on campus.

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This initiative comes in the wake of reported cases of armed robbery where the police are unable to figure out the perpetrators due to a lack of technology.

Management of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) in the Eastern Region, is urging the government to invest in the country’s technical universities to enable them to develop artificial intelligence tools to help security agencies in the fight against crime.

Speaking to the media, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor David Kofi Essuman, said this is their latest innovation and believe if they are resourced they can create these traffic light system on a large scale.

“As part of requirements for final year students in the university, they take on projects which are normally supervised by their lecturers and some of these students came out with this project which is a locally built traffic light with cameras which is able to monitor everything within its scope and transfers live signals to the cybersecurity room on campus. The traffic has successfully been installed on campus and it is currently being used to check our security on campus”.

“Already, we have installed CCTV cameras and yet still, the robberies are going on so it means that we need to do more and advance more on that, to be able to pick up individuals who are involved in all these kinds of activities.”

“So it is our mission that, we are going to work in that direction to reduce crime in this country, and so we have just begun, and hope that as we travel along, we want to accept challenges. As a country, we need to ask ourselves where we want to be in the next five years, and what do we want to do with artificial intelligence?”.

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