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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Surveillance Industry

Like other sectors of our lives, the game-changing impact of artificial intelligence in our security systems cannot be ignored.

Let’s face it, despite several innovative and giant strides in security systems, they still depend on human monitoring and unwavering focus. It is an undeniable fact that the attention span of a typical human is short at best.

The need to keep close eyes on things means more cameras and more critical events likely to be missed in real-time. Browsing through tonnes of boring recorded video data after the fact is not an easy task.

A lot of useful information ends up being overlooked or not viewed at all. One reason a technology that promises to do the heavy lifting efficiently in terms of security is bound to gain traction.

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the security system

Admittedly, the word “revolutionizing” may be a little bit reaching as existing commercial security systems, especially from reliable and highly professional vendors, have provided a wide range of security solutions over the years.

But AI technology takes the security game a notch higher. It does that by reducing human error to the bare minimum while mirroring human intellect’s best using algorithms that detect real-time threats for instant responses.

Other than eliminating human errors, another apparent benefit of AI is scalability without losing its efficiency and efficacy. With that, it monitors large scale monitoring and protection on vast security devices at a much lower cost than human analysts and traditional security settings.

Is AI all perfect with no loopholes?

At this point, no one can say for sure. Most of the current technology application is with machine learning but without thorough human analysis and human experts’ feedback.

It implies we cannot completely rule out misuse and few unpredictabilities in loopholes at this stage.

Another argument against AI is privacy. The concern is what a large harvest of personal data, racial and other sensitive information can be used for in the wrong hands.

Like other technologies, AI can be a two-edged sword as hackers and cybercriminals can leverage the same tool. In the hands of such people, AI is prone to become a tool for massive cyber-attack.

How does AI work?

AI applies to several industries. But whichever way you look at it, AI and the security vertical, particularly surveillance, seem to be a perfect match. Capturing still or moving images is a vital part of security.

Putting a name to faces and analyzing or extracting information from those images is another tedious task.

With AI, those images can be analyzed and interpreted at the snap of your fingers with the aid of Machine Learning and Deep Learning to make more complex, intelligent predictions human brains are known for.

A few years back, it would seem a novel idea to imagine a surveillance system that is extremely smart, quick, and deep. And all that is possible at an unprecedented capacity from data gotten from numerous HD cameras.

The future of AI in surveillance

AI is not a stand-alone or an all-encompassing security solution. The technology is instead an evolving tool and poise to play a prominent role in surveillance in no distant future.

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