2020: The Year of Security Analytics

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For almost 20 years technology providers have been promising advanced analytics when it comes to cameras, access control, relays, and sensors. For some this meant being able to pull mounds of raw data out of systems into massive spreadsheets for analysis. Others developed video analytics like motion detection based on pixel changes that would false alarm for every snow storm or leaf flutter. But what ever came of all the industry fan fair, “Best Of” awards, and trade show demos? Not much in terms of actual function, until now.

I was at an industry conference towards the end of 2019 when I heard Ben Lawrence of KCF Technologies describe analytics in terms of production. The question was:

What does analytics look like? Is it a room full of analytics and coders pouring through data to find trends and efficiencies? And what ever happens with all of those trends and data, is it ever turned actionable?

The truth is the only way analytics is meaningful is if it is directly actionable by the person using it.

Enter AI, Big Data, and Machine Learning! For the first time ever these tools are becoming main stream, even standard, in most security systems. IPVM, a world leader in video surveillance, just published an article discussing the large scale availability of edge analytics throughout the security market. And these tools change the game when it comes to analytics. Instead of trying to find the actionable item or trend, the system can just tell us. Instead of your security team trying to count the number of people through the turnstiles throughout the week to track traffic, or searching through hours of video footage for an event, or even responding to false alarms the embeded AI and Machine Learning in your security systems can do much of the heavy lifting.

St. Moritz is also leveraging this boom in technology and analytics through our Virtual Security Division. For a growing number of customers our remote guarding solutions offer better detection and response to on-site incidents through our Security Operations Center staffed with trained security officers. We are also able to right-size security forces to better fit customer needs to help manage costs and security functions, all because of the advanced analytics that are already standard in most systems in use today. For more information on our Virtual Security Division, stay tuned in here for our next post, or reach out to us at: info@smssi.com.

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