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AI Case Study

Shell pilots system that detects people smoking at gas stations with the use of image recognition and machine learning

Shell has launched a new system in collaboration with Microsoft to provide safety at gas stations. The image recognition system is able to detect people who are smoking while pumping gas and setting themselves and their surroundings at risk of a fire or explosion. A device running on Microsoft Azure IoT Edge that is placed inside the station analyses the live video footage captured by onsite cameras and is able to flag frames for evaluation by the station manager. The technology is being piloted in Thailand and Singapore.



Oil And Gas

Project Overview

"Microsoft developed an AI-powered alarm system to help gas station employees crack down on offenders." (thenextweb)

An onsite video camera captures the scene, and a device inside the station running Microsoft Azure IoT Edge can now use artificial intelligence tools to pick out that behavior — out of all the cars coming and going, drivers cleaning windshields, customers buying snacks — as a potential safety risk. It’s a first line of defense on the “intelligent edge,” where data is quickly processed close to where it’s collected, without accessing the cloud, and simple machine learning algorithms can dispense with anything that’s not of interest. They can also be trained to look for other high-risk incidents: people driving recklessly, theft, improper fueling.

Questionable frames are immediately uploaded to the Microsoft Azure cloud, which can power more sophisticated deep learning AI models. These can identify that the man is smoking and raise an instantaneous alert on an onsite dashboard, so the station manager can take action to shut down the pump before any harm is done.
This pilot project — now in action at two gas stations in Thailand and Singapore — is just one example of how Shell is integrating AI, cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) technology across all dimensions of its energy business. From oil and natural gas fields to the gas pump to electric charging stations, Shell has developed leading-edge technologies that are making operations safer, boosting efficiency, saving money and helping employees communicate and share solutions across the global company.

Reported Results

Pilot; results not yet availble






"A lit cigarette burns at around 600-degrees Celsius (1,100 F). The auto-ignition point for gasoline is less than half that. Somehow, despite these facts, people smoke while pumping gas." (thenextweb)



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