New Konica Minolta AI-Based Security, Printer-Monitoring Solution

Konica Minolta Global R&D has developed a new solution, “Suspicious Behavior Detection,” which monitors activity around Konica Minolta production printers, as well as current printer status.

Konica Minolta initially designed the solution for one of its customer, CZVV, which is based in the Czech Republic and is a state examination institute, in order to keep graduation and entrance exams printed by CZVV secure. It uses a combination of Konica Minolta Mobotix smart cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) applications, and is designed to prevent potential unauthorized access to confidential exams during printing. The intelligent camera solution automatically detects suspicious behavior and triggers an alert. This eliminates the need for manual monitoring, and is said to be highly accurate with a very low error rate.

CZVV is responsible for preparing the annual upper secondary school leaving exams and publishing exam results for all schools in the Czech Republic. Each year, it prints hundreds of thousands of assignments for secondary-school graduation in a very short time, which are then distributed to schools.

The solution is designed to prevent security breaches such as persons secretly photographing the test documents or spending too long in the vicinity of the printers.

Konica Minolta said it worked together with CZVV to precisely define a variety of situations for which a notification should be sent.

The major advantages of the AI solution are the high level of precision and significantly reduced susceptibility to errors compared to manual monitoring by an employee.

According to Konica Minolta’s Tomáš Slavíček, “Our application is based on the principles of AI technology, computer vision, and machine learning, and can enhance or replace the work of the operator to make security operations more efficient and save on costs. The entire solution is fully compliant with GDPR.”

Status Monitoring

Konica Minolta says the system doesn’t just cover what’s going on around the printers, it also monitor printer status. That is, if the printer’s warning light is red (indicating printing is stopped due to an error) or yellow (an error has occurred during printing), rather than green (everything is running smoothly), the AI solution and Mobotix camera can trigger an alarm so that the service technician can correct the problem.

COVID-19 Monitoring Solution

Konica Minolta Global R&D has also worked on another AI application that works with Mobotix thermal imaging cameras. For instance, as part of its Infection Management portfolio, Konica Minolta developed  the “Temperature Screening App” to detect increased body temperature, which may be an indication of a COVID-19 infection.

With this solution, when people pass through the camera’s field of view in offices or other facilities, their thermal images are analyzed and any elevated body temperatures exceeding a specific threshold are identified. Those concerned will be warned and the relevant personnel will be notified so that immediate action can be taken to contain the potential spread of the infection. This application has been available since October.

Konica Minolta says the solution will soon be available as part of its Konica Minolta IT Services portfolio.

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