Vumacam Johannesburg SafeCity

SafeCity is an an AI-powered CCTV network consisting of over 5,000 cameras in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Video footage is combined with other tools such as license plate recognition to track population movements and trace individuals, using machine learning analytics to identify ‘unusual behaviour’.

Operator: Vumacam
Developer: Vumacam
Country: South Africa
Sector: Govt - police; Govt - security
Technology: CCTV; Computer vision; Deep learning; Machine learning; Object recognition
Issue: Bias/discrimination - race; Governance; Human/civil rights; Legal; Privacy; Surveillance
Transparency: Governance; Policy

Risks and harms 🛑

Johannesburg SafeCity has raised concerns over the surveillance of public spaces, the erosion of privacy and civil liberties, and inadequate poor transparency and accountability. 

Investigations, assessments, audits 🧐

Page info
Type: System
Published: October 2023
Last updated: May 2024