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AI Surveillance Deployed in NYC Subways to Tackle Fare Evasion Raises Privacy Concerns

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City has turned to AI surveillance tools in seven subway stations to combat fare evasion, aiming to quantify revenue losses and devise effective strategies.

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However, the use of AI surveillance technology has sparked concerns about privacy and potential misuse.

The MTA’s AI surveillance system focuses on tracking fare evasion without identifying individual turnstile jumpers.

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By analyzing real-time data, the technology helps estimate the extent of revenue loss due to fare evasion, enabling targeted interventions.

Implemented in partnership with AWAAIT, a Spain-based AI software company, the surveillance system alerts ticket inspectors in real-time, providing screenshots of fare infractions on their smartphones.

Critics worry about potential privacy infringements and increased fines for minor offenses, highlighting concerns about government monitoring.

Proponents believe that AI surveillance can enhance safety and security when used responsibly, emphasizing the importance of proper human monitoring and implementation.

Balancing efficiency with privacy will be crucial in building public trust and ensuring responsible use of AI technology to enhance safety and security in New York City’s subways.

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