3-Ways AI Magnifies Security
3-Ways AI Magnifies Security
The idea of non-natural logical processing — systems replicating human thinking — goes back millennia, having appeared in both science and literature in various forms since ancient times. Modern artificial intelligence, however, has been in development since the 1940s and was officially born when a study of the subject was commissioned in 1955. A workshop at Dartmouth College in 1956 was where the term was first coined.
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals, that involves consciousness and emotionality,” Wikipedia summarizes. Such tremendous strides have been made in the field of AI that it now is almost ubiquitous among solutions found in both consumer electronics and B2B electronics like security surveillance systems.
AI-powered video surveillance systems do much more than simply operate faster and more accurately. When artificial intelligence is considered for how it improves a traditional video system, the answer is that it greatly magnifies its capacity — thus enhancing the operating power of every business that uses it. AI-based solutions help organizations leverage their current investments in technology. They also broaden the base of potential new users by solving a greater range of problems and extracting a greater quantity, and quality, of intelligence than any other technology solution has ever provided.
Three essential ways AI magnifies the power of security are by:
- Providing solutions that solve specific security or operational challenges, such as those brought about by the current pandemic.
- Providing autonomous-based security, essentially transforming video surveillance from a reactive solution to a predictive analysis solution.
- Providing video surveillance systems with a very high level of business intelligence that can be amassed by users.
The current health crisis has brought about many changes intended to inhibit the pandemic. AI enables solutions that help users comply with pandemic-related requirements. For example, AI-powered facial recognition analytics will recognize and authenticate the identity of an individual even if their face is partially covered, even if they are at an obscure camera angle or if they have aged by many years. Non-mask detection is another indispensable feature enabled by AI, helping businesses that require masks to be worn comply with this requirement. In addition, assisted by the power of AI, video surveillance can automatically detect and identify people with elevated body temperatures and either restrict their access or redirect them to an area for additional screening. Additionally, with so much emphasis on facial recognition and discussion around privacy, a feature that redacts certain individuals’ faces from video footage allows the video to be safely used to apprehend suspects or as video evidence without concern.
Analytics work by detecting anomalies that present a potential threat. Often this is done through intelligent video motion detection, which can detect loitering, direction of movement, an individual crossing a predetermined line, suspicious object left behind, scene change resulting from camera movement, people-counting, heat-mapping and more. Not only do such powerful analytics increase situational awareness for the user, but they also result in a robust set of data to use in business intelligence applications.
Intelligent analytics, such as those enabled by AI, have the ability to transform the traditionally reactive nature of video surveillance into a proactive one. Through the power of AI, video surveillance solutions can autonomously learn and analyze situations. They then execute predictive analysis that essentially alerts when conditions are ripe for a security breach. This is a colossal change from the days of passive video surveillance.
A high level of business intelligence is possible when intelligent sensor technologies that produce vast amounts of data are integrated with AI-powered video surveillance edge devices like cameras. Sensors such as audio analytics that detect screams, gunshots, glass breakage and explosions, as well as environmental sensors that detect noxious fumes and gasses, smoke, vibrations from explosions or earthquakes and more, work together to produce a security solution with strong situational awareness empowered by autonomous detection of the sensor data.
AI-enabled video surveillance opens avenues to new uses, as demonstrated by their solutions to pandemic challenges. They embody a power that surpasses traditional, reactive security and provide proactive, intelligent security and heightened business intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a gamechanger, one that will ensure increased demand for AI-powered security solutions and provide a continued boost to the video surveillance market.