First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: Are bots going to replace flesh-and-blood security professionals? Nope. Not anytime soon, in our opinion. What AI and machine learning can do is give us humans a leg up over criminals, and we’ll take any advantage we can get.
For starters, these digital workhorses take some pressure off of the human component of the equation. Not only does AI minimize the chance of human error, when paired with its human counterpart the tech contributes to security that’s both more efficient and more effective.
And the benefits extend beyond security concerns alone. Let’s take a look at five ways AI and machine learning can step up your security plan.
#1 Improve Efficiency
Adding a layer of intelligence to video surveillance saves a lot of time and resources, which translates to money. Tasking machines with the first level of security, rather than being 100% reliant on human eyeballs, is simply a more efficient way to secure your site.
Here’s how it works: AI detects movement at your site (when or where there shouldn’t be any), and triggers an alert. What happens next? Guided by AI, a trained security monitor takes a closer look and escalates the response, if necessary, triggering an alarm, verbal warning or call to law enforcement.
If there’s ever an incident on your property that you want to take a closer look at later, AI makes it simple to locate the moment in question — no fast forwarding through endless hours of footage required. AI can automatically tag clips with keywords based on the parameters that you set. With categorized videos and smart search, you can find something as specific as “guy wearing a blue shirt” in a matter of seconds.
#2 Minimize False Alarms
Identifying movement at a site is one thing, but it’s equally important to differentiate between a squirrel or piece of trash blowing across the property and an intruder. AI can do that, too. Object recognition helps ensure that the cops never get called to track down a stray cat. And when trained video monitors are alerted to take a closer look, there’s no question what they’re looking at thanks to clear close-ups in the footage.
False alarms are more than a nuisance. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 94-98% of all burglar alarm activations are false alarms. This is bad news for business owners, as it led many cities to pass ordinances that fine businesses for false alarms. These fees can add up. Take New Orleans, for instance. The city estimates that it collects $2 million per year in fines for false alarms (and saves almost 4,000 hours of time for its emergency responders.)
Not only can AI help you avoid false alarms, it can also detect tampering. Your smart cameras can recognize and alert you to an image blur that’s caused by meddling. Likewise, AI can detect intentional camera rotation, or a forced defocusing of the lens. Smart, right?
#3 Expect Even Smarter Security Over Time
While AI isn’t going to replace humans, here’s one area where it may exceed our limited human capacity by just a hair (okay, more than a hair). Computers are constantly learning. That means every minute they’re in operation, they’re getting smarter and doing their job better — recognizing objects and movements faster and more accurately. The AI continuously fine tunes based on the parameters you set.
Also, it never needs coffee breaks, didn’t stay up too late last night, and will never be distracted by the fallout from a bad breakup. On the flip side, bots make horrible drinking buddies … so, there’s that.
#4 Personalize Your Security Strategy
AI is not a one-size-fits-all solution — it’s customizable to your specific site and areas of concern. Once AI identifies what the object is, the video monitoring team knows exactly what to do, based on the guidance that you’ve given them. You can direct them to take different actions based on different types of “intruders” in a pre-set area, be it a car, person or other object.
You can also establish a virtual line that goes beyond your property boundaries so your monitoring team can keep an eye on the edge of your property. When someone (or something) crosses that line, the camera can trigger specific alerts that you’ve predetermined. Your camera can also differentiate between someone entering and leaving the property because, you know, it’s smart.
This allows you to personalize your security system so the monitoring team is on alert for precisely the types of breaches they should be looking out for.
#5 Save Money
It takes multiple guards to effectively cover an area, and while they can be a strong deterrent, the truth is teams of security guards can be cost prohibitive. The average security guard costs at least $15 / hour (more like $20 if they’re armed), which makes on-the-ground guards a pricey investment.
Even if you have the budget to hire a team of guards, it’s impossible for them to provide 24/7, 360-degree surveillance around the entire property. No matter how many feet you have on the ground, periodic patrols often leave temporarily unseen areas vulnerable. Unlike AI-powered cameras, security guards are limited by their line of sight.
Beyond Security Concerns: More Bang for your Buck
AI-powered cameras can do double duty to monitor workplace compliance and detect health risks. A daily scorecard will alert you, or the appropriate manager, when best practices aren’t being followed. Not only does this take the burden of compliance checks off of your team, you’ll get less flak from employees when you point to the video footage illustrating your point.
Health compliance rules and regulations are evolving by the minute, but AI-enabled cameras can help. Smart cameras can automatically count heads, determine if people are staying six feet apart and even identify if people are wearing masks.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of AI is that setup isn’t near as complicated as the technology itself. Integrating AI into your existing security solution is quick and easy — truly. Get in touch to see how simple it can be to step up your security with AI and machine learning.