Juganu Made the Brazil-Paraguay Border Safer
2 July, 2020
The system was deployed along the "Friendship Bridge", a well-known smuggling route. It includes 100 connected lighting poles, cameras and AI engines to provide facial recognition and license plates identification
Juganu from Or Yehuda (near Tel-Aviv) deployed smart city platform along the “Friendship Bridge”, one of the central border crossing points connecting Brazil and Paraguay. Its Foam platform (above), incorporates dynamic lighting sources that change their hues throughout the day in accordance with natural lighting, a communications network, cameras and AI engines. The network includes about 100 lighting posts and 200 cameras.
The 600 yards long “Friendship Bridge” connects the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguaçu with the city of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. The bridge is crossed by about 100,000 people on foot and about 40,000 cars on a daily basis. This border point constitutes a major economic axis that facilitates the transit of goods between the countries, but also a busy smuggling route. Traffic congestion makes it difficult to eradicate the phenomenon and the federal government in Brazil has sought a technological solution to increase supervision and deterrence. Juganu’s network provides lighting for the entire zone, a Wi-Fi network, and AI-based security solution.
Collaboration with the CorSight
The AI engine embedded in Juganu’s modules created by CorSight from Israel which specializes in AI-based face recognition. CorSight is a spin-off of Cortica, a company that developed unique AI technology for autonomous learning in an unsupervised manner. In fact, this technology allows the network to identify people’s faces and cars’ license plates even before they reach the border control. The information is cross-checked in real-time with the databases of the federal police, and creates instant notifications of a suspected person or vehicle. The system was also trained to identify and alert suspicious behaviors.
Similarity between the Lighting and the Communications networks
Established in 2011, Juganu has developed a public LED lighting technology that automatically adjusts the level and hue of light to the changing conditions of natural lighting around it. The company estimates that the type of lighting it produces reduces public electricity consumption by about 80%, while providing a visually comfortable type of lighting that is similar to sunlight and is near-full spectrum.
Based on the structural similarity between lighting networks and communications networks, i.e., the fixed dispersion between every point in order to achieve continuous coverage, Juganu has developed a communications network on top of the lighting poles that provides the needed infrastructure for smart city and safe city services.
Each lighting post consists of two HD cameras, a processing engine and a communication node. The solution enables smart city services on top of streetlights, without the need for cabling or the deployment of optical fibers. The development was done in collaboration with Qualcomm, and the solution includes several of Qualcomm’s chips.