Security Tech Crosses Over to New Frontiers
Technology always seems to evolve in ways that we cannot anticipate. Who would have thought that a cellphone would go from having a singular purpose of making and receiving calls to being used for everything from filming videos to mobile banking? Today’s smartphone is a great example of how technology can cross over into entirely new applications.
Security technologies (video surveillance, video analytics, and PSIM) are also crossing over into new frontiers. Let’s take a look at some examples where such technologies are enabling operational improvements across the organization.
Public transportation has been using video surveillance footage in a variety of ways through the years. With onboard video, an operator can check a driver’s safety adherence. Legal departments have used video to successfully refute fraudulent claims. An early adopter of video surveillance, public transportation is now innovating new operational uses of the technology. By integrating a video analytics-based crowd detection application and PSIM, operators are automatically alerted when there’s excessive congestion at any service or access points, so they can immediately address the situation.
Many airports now generate the majority of their income from commercial activities. Airports use video analytics for a variety of security purposes, but they can now use them to create heat maps to determine where people tend to congregate. This can help determine where the prime retail locations are so lease rates can be adjusted accordingly.
Variations of these applications can be used in similar environments such as stadiums and large entertainment venues, where customer satisfaction and crowd management are important.
These are just a few examples of how traditional security technology is crossing over into new areas to provide benefits across the enterprise.
If you have other examples to share, I’d be interested to hear from you.