According to Japanese media, the city of Kobe in Japan is now investigating the feasibility of introducing artificial intelligence (AI) into its municipal processes. The Kobe city government has provided volunteers with a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to organize patrol routes and improve crime prevention operations efficiently.
The smartphone app is provided by a Tokyo-based software development company. The AI system develops ideal patrol routes for users by using predefined crime-prone locations and distances. The app also includes a crime prediction map, which displays information based on crime statistics published by the police and serves as a useful reference for volunteers.
Volunteers can use the app to take pictures of graffiti, fly-tipping, and other key observations while on patrol. These photos can be shared with other volunteers in real time, enabling active participation in the prevention of illegal activities. The Kobe City Government has stated that the decision to fully deploy this technology will be based on the results and success of the volunteer verification phase.
Similarly, Tokyo, Japan’s capital, plans to begin fully integrating AI into city operations in August this year. Meanwhile, the city of Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture has already taken the lead in integrating generative AI technologies into its governance system. Similar projects have been initiated in Nagano Prefecture, Tsukuba City in Ibaraki Prefecture and Kobe City.
The use of artificial intelligence in municipal operations is a major step forward in using technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of crime prevention and public services. As many Japanese cities explore these possibilities, it is expected that the integration of AI will continue to transform municipal operations, resulting in greater security, simplified processes, and increased public participation.