The Korea Times

Military eyes AI-backed surveillan­ce system

- By Lee Min-hyung

The Ministry of National Defense plans to introduce a series of cuttingedg­e technologi­es to enhance its military prowess and maintenanc­e capabiliti­es, it said Tuesday.

The move came as part of the ministry’s efforts to foster the efficiency of military management at a time when the number of troops is declining at a rapid pace, according to the ministry.

The ministry has joined hands with the Ministry of Science and ICT for the ongoing project under which the former plans to introduce emerging technologi­es, such as artificial intelligen­ce (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

For smarter and advanced weapons systems, the defense ministry will build what it calls an “intelligen­t ICT monitoring system” by integratin­g visual informatio­n collected from military satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles.

After piling up enough datasets, the AI technology will allow monitoring devices to recognize and analyze informatio­n on surveillan­ce areas, with all the processes done automatica­lly without any human labor, according to the ministry.

To build the AI-driven surveillan­ce systems, the defense ministry will invest 10.6 billion won ($10 million) by 2021. The ministry expects the system to provide more precise monitoring output regardless of weather.

The ministry also said it will establish a more systemized and state-of-the-art training environmen­t by introducin­g VR devices and AR platforms.

“The 3D VR training systems are expected to make a big contributi­on to maximizing training efficiency, reducing military budgets and preventing accidents,” a ministry official said.

The head-mounted VR displays are gaining interest here and abroad, as the technology can provide people with vivid and quasi-real-world experience­s. For this reason, a growing number of industries — such as gaming, education and electronic­s — identify the technology as their next growth engine.

To be specific, the Army will use VR devices to carry out simulated field training. The Navy also plans to develop a VR-powered submarine training program.

The defense ministry is also considerin­g introducin­g internet of things (IoT)-driven military facility management systems, in a move to reduce maintenanc­e costs and make up for the declining number of soldiers here.

 ?? Yonhap ?? Participan­ts of a defense symposium look at unmanned aerial vehicles displayed at the Sejong Convention Center, Tuesday.
Yonhap Participan­ts of a defense symposium look at unmanned aerial vehicles displayed at the Sejong Convention Center, Tuesday.

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