Learning From Experience – A Security Professional’s Journey Into AI Tech and Its Impact on the Future of Physical Security As We Know It

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Perhaps the idea of an AI powered anything is too futuristic a concept. And, despite the news of AI technology taking precedence in our everyday lives, it can be difficult to distinguish what AI is and how it’s working for us right now. When separating fact from science fiction, it’s easy to forget that AI is already here – and it’s in daily use.

For security professionals like yourselves, knowing the inner workings of an AI methodology isn’t part of the deal. Yet, security professionals can leverage AI technology in ground breaking ways.

There is one thing to keep in mind when thinking about AI – security professionals don’t have to be the visionary behind implementing an AI system. They just have to be prepared to gain from its benefits.

Reaping the Benefits of AI for Security – A Primer

Learning from Experience
The British genius of the 20th Century Alan Turing (made familiar for 21st century audiences in the film The Imitation Game) said that “what we want is a machine that can learn from experience.” A keyphrase here is “learning from experience.”

Dr. Valerie Morignat, founder and CEO of Intelligent Story, is an expert on the convergence of AI and security operations. For her, the business value of AI will allow security firms to “deliver a more effective security response and smarter human-machine collaboration.” This means harnessing the benefits of AI for more efficient and reliable human-to-technology interactions that can include intelligent access control, advanced video analytics, swarm intelligence, human
Augmentation, and remote sensing and monitoring. Without glazing over terms such as “human augmentation”, remember that the convergence of AI and physical security will be just as beneficial – possibly even more – than the benefits AI has already given to the cybersecurity sector.

Dr. Morignat’s webinar breaks down AI and the future of physical security by pinpointing the benefits security firm owners will soon gain by the upgraded technology. For an in-depth primer on the convergence of physical security and AI methodologies, you can download Dr. Morignat’s whitepaper.

The Face of AI and Physical Security is Already Here
Most security professionals don’t yet realize that AI technology will be the lifeblood of our smartphone technology – and a security force equipped with smartphones are already set in motion for delivering AI-based enhancements to their daily activities – and, most importantly, learning from experience.

Using Your Current Digital Assets to Help Your Organization Learn from Experience

So How Can Security Professionals Harness Mobile Technology for Improving Daily Operations, Right Now?
It’s safe to say that almost everyone owns a smartphone – or at least has seen one. One thing is clear – mobile technology is advancing toward AI capabilities and there’s no stopping it. Here’s what your smartphone’s AI capabilities look like right now:

  1. Facial recognition technology
  2. Phone camera enhancements and recognition (recognizing a human smile)
  3. Voice assistants (Apple’s Siri)
  4. Running augmented reality games (ever hear of that “Pokemon Go” game?)
  5. Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobile phone connections

Connecting a Security Workforce Management Software to Your Mobile Tech
When we think about a Security Workforce Management (SWFM) system, we can easily imagine a digitized version of paper and pencil – with the ability for scalability, real-time information (what’s real-time?), or precise guard tracking across various locations.

Yet, you’ve heard of a SWFM software improving communications with Push-to-Talk (PTT), managing remote guard tracking, and even automating notifications and reports – all with the use of a smartphone. So what are the advantages to using a SWFM software that can implement AI-like technology? Here are two examples.

  1. Access Real-time Data Collection: With data captured on the ground, real-time data instantaneously updates users with critical information as it occurs and organizes it into readable, human-friendly information that can then be further analyzed and processed into graphical data sets – all via automation.
  2. View Insights on Guard Activities: Like the capabilities we’re seeing with our smartphones right now, a SWFM software can harness the benefits of AI-like technology by offering users insights into guard activity using GPS and Geolocation information. An intelligent SWFM software will then use the collected information and situate it against a digital representation of the guard’s physical environment for a real time location update.

The Convergence of AI and physical security is only starting. The outlook for improved security operations and more efficient processes looks promising – especially when the security industry has already been reaping from AI-like technology benefits.