Sony Europe has just announced that they are starting three Rome monitoring tests by Envision using IMX500 sensors that have embedded AI and therefore can identify objects in the image without the need to properly export the images to external servers and which machines or people follow up.

The main objective of this test is to evaluate and offer an intelligent parking system to reduce pollution and traffic jams caused by searching for parking. For this, this test seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of a system in which drivers who want to park receive an alert when there is a free spot, and are directed to it.

In addition, it is foreseen that it can be recognized how many people get on or off a bus, allowing from that time to optimize the bus system by varying its frequency in real time according to the need and people who are waiting.

Sony IMX500

And finally and third objective, they intend to monitor zebra crossings to alert drivers when pedestrians are crossing using a low latency intelligent lighting system on the road.

This is the world’s first monitor with an electronic ink screen

These tests will take place during the month of June in Rome. There could be certain doubts about the privacy of that camera system, however, Sony confirms that thanks to its AI system in the sensor itself, the only thing that is sent is the metadata related to free parking, the presence of pedestrians in the street or the number of people getting on or off the bus.


No images are stored locally or remotely, they don’t even come off the sensor . Therefore, the required bandwidth can be reduced and the monitoring system can be installed in existing networks, apart from what this implies in terms of privacy.

We will have to see the result of this pilot test because we could be facing an intelligent revolution for the new generation of cars and drivers in large cities.