Retail security technology is being revolutionized in Japan through the adoption of AI-based identification algorithms. The 'Vaak Eye' — developed by Tokyo-based start-up VAAK, is one such example where artificial intelligence can assist with loss prevention for big and small businesses.
The tool works on a few accounts. For one, VAAK fed the algorithm with 100,000 hours of surveillance data. As a result, the AI-based retail security technology monitors "subjects for fidgeting, nervousness or other suspicious gestures." The Vaak Eye sends alert to store employees when out-of-norm behavior is detected, ultimately calling attention to the possibility of impending theft. In addition, the system also scans the appearance of the potential culprit — the data can include over 100 characteristics which, when it comes to nabbing a thief, can be quite helpful.