How artificial intelligence works side by side with security

How artificial intelligence works side by side with security

Recently, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have progressed at a fast pace, thanks in part to the increased sophistication of analysis engines and improved processing capabilities of computers. More and more, AI is being applied to security as well, as the ties between them get stronger.

“In order to develop effective physical security measures, it is required for public safety agencies to recognize and understand the actual world, as well as predict and appropriately handle future events. In today’s highly advanced and complex societies, however, it is not feasible to perform a real-time, large-scale recognition and prediction of the real world without the use of AI,” said Katsumi Emura, Executive VP and CTO of NEC. “Applying AI technologies to the field of physical security enables innovative applications, such as the recognition of specific individuals from within a crowd of hundreds, and the automatic detection of suspicious behaviors from CCTV video footage.”

Emura made the remarks as NEC branded its lineup of AI technologies as “NEC the WISE” and globally launched this new brand in a recent event. “This is to reflect NEC’s strong desire to facilitate cooperation between people and AI as we continue to leverage our advanced wisdom to solve the increasingly complex and sophisticated problems confronting society,” Emura said.

According to Emura, NEC’s AI technologies can work in conjunction with security in a variety of vertical markets. “We see an increasing demand for AI technologies in the field of access control for important facilities, such as power plants, and surveillance of critical social infrastructure, including airports and train stations,” he said. “Our crowd behavior analysis and profiling across spatial-temporal data enable automatic and real-time detection of suspicious people and behaviors from CCTV footage, enhancing public safety agencies’ surveillance capabilities.”

Emura noted that in terms of facial recognition, NEC has more than 500 deployments in more than 40 countries, which include the Nigerian national ID system and a system for John F. Kennedy International Airport. NEC’s fingerprint and face identification technologies rank on top in the benchmark tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States, he said.

Retail is another vertical market that can benefit from advanced AI technology. “We have a retail ordering system based on highly accurate demand forecasting that uses machine learning technology,” he said, adding that together, these solutions can be applied to create safe and secure environments, monitor large-scale social infrastructure, and help enterprises enhance their marketing abilities and operational efficiency.



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