JPO of the DGSN: The uses of AI in security services under debate


Participants in a conference on “Artificial intelligence and security: challenges and opportunities for modernization” shed light on the different uses of AI in security services.

Speaking during this meeting, organized as part of the 5th edition of the Open Days (JPO) of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), the general controller, head of the software and methodology monitoring department at the Directorate of information and communication systems at the DGSN, Youness Kerbid, presented an overview of the digitalization process and the adoption of information technologies by the Directorate, highlighting the renewal operations experienced by the services of the DGSN between 2004 and 2009 through the massive recruitment of executives and technical staff.

From 2005, the DGSN continued its digitalization efforts to encompass all means and working methods, in order to find modern technological solutions which could facilitate the work of the police and improve the services offered to users, indicated Mr. Kerbid, specifying that this mission is part of the continuity of services.

The implementation of the electronic identity card is intended to be one of the results of these efforts, in addition to other projects such as the identification of people by associating their photos with the demographic database, support for the management of major law enforcement operations and sporting events via the analysis of security data, the automated processing of road traffic data which allows the reading of car registration plates, support for the location of police patrols and the use of the global positioning system (GPS) to monitor security interventions on public roads, he detailed.

The strategy for integrating artificial intelligence within the DGSN is based on a methodical and well-studied approach to achieve the best results, in strict compliance with legal and ethical frameworks and relying on the skills of technical staff of the Directorate, with a view to fighting crime and improving investigative operations.

For her part, the executive president of the international center for artificial intelligence in Morocco, member of the higher council of education, training and scientific research, Amal El Fellah Seghrouchni, stressed that AI offers opportunities promising in various aspects of life, including the field of security, noting that Morocco is exploring the opportunities offered by this technology quickly and seriously.

The challenges imposed by the use of this technology in the security field lie in the need for the human element to monitor the AI ​​algorithms so that decision-making is shared with police elements and not monopolized by this tool. all alone, she explained.

This technique makes it possible to process the large flow of security data and thus help in prevention, sorting, detection, monitoring and analysis, she continued.

AI can reduce response time to threats, given its ability to comb important data in a short time, predict dangers, provide assistance to the human element and reduce loads, detect information, videos, photos and fake sounds as well as fake news, she said, citing the various international experiences in this area.

The 5th DGSN Open Days kicked off Thursday evening in Agadir under the theme: “National security: citizenship and solidarity”.

This citizen initiative (May 17-21), which coincides with the celebration of the 68th anniversary of the creation of the DGSN, aims to inform the public about the modernization efforts put in place by the Directorate to ensure the security of people and property. and preserve public order.

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