The Future of Personal Security

Posted on February 5, 2007. Filed under: Camera, Security |

High-tech security isn’t just for the airport anymore. Advances now coming out of the labs will help protect what’s dear to you, from your car to your kids, your dinner to your dinero.

Cameras with behavior-tracking software will watch for danger on the playground

A kidnapper loitering in front of the local school. A thief slipping into a warehouse. A suspicious stranger dropping a bag in a hallway. The average security camera can catch all these actions, but the footage isn’t much help if the person monitoring the screens is dozing, or so wiped out after hours of viewing that he wouldn’t notice a mushroom cloud erupting on monitor three.

In the next five years, the security industry could be revolutionized by the spread of smart cameras that pick out shady behavior. Like a friend rousing you from a nap on the couch to check out a great play in a ballgame, these cameras will flag important events and encourage security guards—and high-school principals—to take a closer look. Instead of blankly staring at a screen for hours, says David Abrams, the CTO of Interact Public Safety Systems in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, “you’re only looking at video when the software thinks something is going on.”

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