Technology has been at the heart of modern security for decades. From the launch of the first integrated CCTV system in the 1980s, to fingerprint and retina scanning used in modern day systems. The desire to protect our businesses, assets, homes and of course our families, has driven three decades of mind-boggling technological innovation in the security sector.
A modern piece of technology, that has already become a fundamental part of contemporary life and is fast becoming the most exciting future for security, protection and even law enforcement, is Artificial Intelligence.
No, the robots aren’t rising!
If you are over a certain age and you hear reference to the term Artificial Intelligence (AI), your mind is likely drawn to films depicting shiny reflective robots, with undefined faces and odd personalities. To dispel that myth immediately, we are not talking about robots patrolling your premises, approaching a trespasser, or driving your company vehicles. In modern practice, AI is an intelligence demonstrated by a machine to perform tasks like humans, and as in the case we are about to raise, to learn, adapt and improve these tasks and services accordingly.
How can AI improve my security monitoring and protection?
When was the last time you did a full review of your site security? For many, it is so long it is hard to remember. Whilst burglar alarms and 24-hour recorded CCTV are standard in businesses, and becoming equally as popular in our homes, many of the systems are outdated, or much of the functionality is underutilised.
External CCTV monitoring makes use of the alarm features on modern CCTV DVR systems to provide an additional layer of proactive protection with live surveillance, or sensor activated monitoring. The external provider reacts immediately to alarms, engages with any intruder, and can activate emergency services before you even know there is an issue. You can read more about our Corps Monitoring services, here.
You may ask yourself, why then do we need AI? Surely a human-centric service, supported by contemporary technology, offers all the protection you need?
AI and Humans Working Together
AI in security is not intended to replace any human activities, let’s make that clear. AI is used to enhance monitoring services, whilst building on our ability to identify threats, deter criminals and see more than a human eye is capable.
Any savvy businesses or individual who benefits from CCTV monitoring can access Corps Monitoring’s analytics and AI solutions. As one of the first UK security companies to adopt the technology within our ARC monitoring centre, we have catapulted the accuracy of our monitoring, positively influenced the capture and conviction of criminals, and have joined a worldwide community that is collecting data to learn and adapt to the ever-changing, and often coordinated security threats faced by the modern world.
Benefits of Analytics and AI
A skilled colleague: Whilst human beings are the most intelligent life on the planet, we have limitations. The analytics and AI systems we operate are designed to provide a solution to what humans cannot do, leaving us to focus on what we can influence with human interaction.
A seeing eye: The analytical data stored within the system can use the existing technology, such as CCTV, to identify gender, stature, height and can even identify if an intruder or visitor is left or right-handed. In addition, the system relies on movement, not light, which means hidden figures in shadows, unseen by the human eye, are identified quickly and highlighted by the system.
A first responder: The AI can also filter false alarms and real emergencies. Using specifically designed algorithms, built to learn, and adapt, the computer can separate false alarms caused by environmental factors such as strong wind, birds and other wildlife, and real threats such as an intruder.
A student: AI systems are permanently learning. Using cloud-based technology, every second of every day is recorded by the system and uploaded securely. The data is analysed by sophisticated algorithms which the software uses to adapt its programming and enhance its own possibilities.
A worldwide community: Our cloud-based AI solution provides a secondary benefit. Every company or individual using the system uploads data to a central cloud source. This data is analysed by sophisticated algorithms to recognise trends in criminal activity, and, as time goes on, create a data point of lawbreakers that could revolutionise their identification across the globe.
Analytics and Monitoring for the price of a client lunch!
You would expect that all this specialised technology would cost an eye-watering amount of investment – especially for a 24/7 service. In fact, it, costs less than a client lunch a week.
Not bad considering the positive impact your UK business can have on worldwide security and law enforcement for generations to come.