Does AI have a role in securing your premises?

Economies the world over are turning into digital economies and companies are being forced to follow suit. Customer preferences, worker behaviour, and government rules and regulations are being moulded around digitization. This is forcing the most traditional of enterprises - manufacturing companies and industrial units to alter their modes of working too. The digitization of manufacturing and industrial organizations is bringing in profound changes already. Technology is bringing in automation into the manufacturing process. The supply chain is being digitized. The sales process is rapidly adopting eCommerce channels. But this blog is about what starts outside the gates. This is about how a transformation could be waiting in the wings when it comes to the security of the business unit. The digital revolution paved the way for one of the most significant breakthroughs of this century – Artificial Intelligence. For the uninitiated, or the merely curious, Artificial intelligence (AI) has been defined as , “..the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and self-correction.” Today, more organisations are becoming familiar with and inculcating artificial intelligence as a part of their digital transformation process. Organisations planning to expand digitally cannot ignore the importance and potential benefits of implementing artificial intelligence in their day to day operations. Small and large organizations around the world have incorporated artificial intelligence into their core activities. But what role does it have to play in security?

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Security Industry

The advent of artificial intelligence has the potential to change the way the security department operates. In fact, some say that security could be the biggest use-case of Artificial Intelligence within the enterprise. The advancements in chip architectures and technologies like facial recognition have already started enhancing the safety and security of employees and residents in buildings and businesses. The limitations of the traditional surveillance systems are being met through the use of AI- driven security systems. These systems have taken surveillance beyond the mere installation of CCTV cameras -a clunky and effort-intensive method in the security landscape. Here is how AI can be far more effective than traditional security for ensuring the safety and security of your campus or premises:

  1. Efficient Management of Voluminous Video Data
  2. The humungous amount of video data generated through security systems is difficult to manage, store and review. The video analytics and security in commercial office buildings can be significantly improved through the use of AI. The security and surveillance systems based on AI can review data much faster and give more comprehensive insights. This can provide a virtual guard that is capable of monitoring videos 24x7 with an endless attention span.


  3. Customisation of Security System
  4. Every building or campus has its unique requirements. A security and surveillance system cannot be a one size fit all. A security system installed at an airport cannot work in a hospital. Every facility has its security requirements and concerns. The machine learning algorithms within the AI solutions contain a tremendous scope of customising and training the security system to meet the unique needs of a premise. The systems learn the more they run.


  5. Improved Visitor Experience
  6. The first point of contact of a visitor with a company or an organisation is the security cabin. In most industrial enterprises the visitors are asked to make a manual register entry – which is still the most common form of maintaining visitor log. These logs are illegible, hard to maintain, and impossible to review. Visitors are asked to provide some government issues identification but with the manual systems, there is no way to capture if the identification is valid or the data as per the details provided by the visitor. In most cases, there is also no way to capture the image of the visitor. In this era of digitization and technology, this can be a big turn off for the visitors. The first impression can be a deal maker or breaker for the company. AI-driven automated entry systems are designed to shorten the time spent by the visitor in making an entry log. The visitor no longer needs to wait for a security guard for assistance. Simple face recognition or scanning of an identity card makes the record gathering easier. The system could automatically inform the concerned person in the building. This leads to reduced waiting time and a hassle-free visitor entry.


  7. Analytics
  8. Of course, the visitor experience is just the beginning. With traditional systems, there is no possibility of drawing any insights about visitor patterns, trends, and behaviour, There is data gathered but it’s impossible to analyse. The data is disparate, dispersed, inaccurate, and unstructured. With the AI-driven visitor management systems, not only can the entry process be automated and made better but the visitor information can become a goldmine of insights.


  9. Maintaining Staff Attendance Log
  10. Maintenance of staff attendance with the manual or traditional approach is a major challenge in industries, especially those that employ a large number of blue-collar employees and contract staff. More often than not, this creates employee-employer clashes in an organisation. The AI- driven real-time attendance system can help in eradicating the conflict. The system works on face recognition instead of the traditional thumb impressions. The feature allows easy maintaining of records and non-intrusive record-taking. With multiple in-outs, the system makes it easier to maintain shifts and overtimes.

AI is making a mark everywhere and AI-driven security is likely to become widespread faster than you may imagine. It’s possible that the day is not far when every campus you visit will have an AI-supported security system that provides an incredible visitor experience and great security.