Artificial Intelligence is Improving Physical Security

Physical security is continuously evolving, and in this post, we’ll cover five ways artificial intelligence (AI) is improving physical security. New technologies that rely on AI are disrupting traditional security and changing the face of the industry.

AI is changing the way the world operates — from customer support to transcription services to fraud detection; we’re interacting with AI more than we even realize! More and more companies are turning to AI to improve physical security.


5 ways Artificial Intelligence is improving physical security:


1. Better Video Surveillance Analytics

AI is improving video surveillance analytics dramatically. Instead of a single pair of human eyes watching a video monitor, AI enables entire computer systems to analyze multiple live video feeds — simultaneously. This kind of robust real-time analysis and predictive analytics can help security teams, police officers, and other first responders identify crimes and accidents before they even occur!

Organizations with multiple — or thousands — of cameras can use AI to identify specific individuals, scan vehicles, and read license plates. This information can be quickly cross-referenced and turned into actionable data.

2. Intelligent Access Control Systems

Intelligent access control systems offer companies, schools, hospitals, and other organizations peace of mind. These systems enable users to monitor all access points, protect valuable assets, and track facility use in real-time. AI-enabled access controls collect massive amounts of data to help organizations identify threats and weaknesses.

According to Security Today, intelligent access control systems can use AI to “characterize activity and incoming data to identify patterns and recognize certain conditions that increase the threat to a facility and to the people inside the facility. It can recommend or automate higher levels of control to avoid life safety consequences. Compared to a human security guard, an AI-based system can monitor more data, faster and more accurately without bias or distraction. It can leverage that intelligence to become risk-adaptive—adjusting access permissions based on risk levels.”

3. Drone-powered Patrols

Finding highly-qualified and reliable security professionals can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly. With AI-enabled security drones, an understaffed security team can quickly fill gaps and improve safety.

“AI makes it possible to augment traditional security officers through integrated robotic systems, leveraging advanced navigation capabilities, obstacle avoidance sensors, and intelligent mechanics to streamline operations and reduce the risk of human injury in dangerous environments” (Security Magazine).

4. Recognition

Monitoring a large crowd — like a city street, bus station, shopping mall, or concert venue — can be difficult, especially with a limited workforce. Without AI, tracking each individual’s activity and behavior would be nearly impossible. It may sound futuristic, but thanks to AI, the future is here.

5. Automation

Smart security solutions — like video management systems, networked access controls, and visitor management — collect data and use it to look for patterns in human behavior. This data is transformed into actionable data when organizations use it to increase efficiencies, improve safety, and reduce costs.

“It’s clear that AI provides end-users and security professionals with a wealth of advantages when it comes to increasing operational efficiencies, proactively identifying risks, and ensuring informed, rapid responses to security incidents. While nothing can substitute human-to-human interaction, combining AI-enhanced technology with traditional security measures can radically improve functionality and help organizations reach their security goals” (Security Magazine).

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