The most rapidly growing sector of the security industry is undoubtedly video surveillance, which has seen fast adoption with a boost in video quality and a drop in system prices. Video surveillance systems empower security personnel to see across vast enterprises, but they also provide other benefits such as demonstrating patterns in customer behavior.

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The Heat Is On: How High-Quality Thermal Cameras See Threats That Other Solutions Cannot

Thermal sensors capture something that the naked eye cannot see: heat. What distinguishes thermal cameras from other security sensors is their ability to use heat rather than light to produce images. By measuring the differences between heat signatures and representing these variances in high-contrast, monochrome images, thermal cameras can “see” even in total darkness, sun…

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Quality In, Accuracy Out: Applying Video Analytics to High-Quality Images for Effectiveness

For the past 15 years, the accuracy and range of video analytics have tremendously improved, from basic people counting to facial recognition. Indeed, what was yesterday’s imprecise line crossing has given way to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning-based people and object recognition. Several factors directly affect the precision and efficiency of these applications, including…

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Gaining an Edge: How Embedded Analytics Enable Proactive Security and Business Solutions

During the past 10 to 15 years, a savvier video surveillance end user has emerged demanding solutions that feature high-performance cameras, versatile installation, flexibility to expand, cost efficiency in storage and advanced analytics to help realize a system’s full potential. Increased public and private security concerns have driven a technology shift and altered business models…

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Always Watching, Always Learning: How AI-Powered Analytics and Algorithms Make Cameras Smarter

Today’s leading security solutions are carving a new path for the industry. Innovative technology is optimizing the more traditional aspects of security, like video and access control, giving businesses more autonomy when it comes to protecting their assets, property and – most importantly – people. From robust storage features and centralized offsite management to dynamic…

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SIA Technology Insights – Spring 2020

In every issue of SIA Technology Insights, we try to look to the cutting edge (and sometimes even to the bleeding edge) of security technology, to ensure you stay current with the steady whir of technology change. This edition examines the new world of security, where everything is online, machines are learning to perform tasks and threats can come from anywhere in the world.

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Why Your AI Application Needs Better Lighting

There is no question that artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. In 2018, the U.S. National Defense Strategy identified AI as one of the key technological advancements that will “ensure the United States will be able to fight and win the wars of the future.” This reflects the explicit, executive objective to invest in AI as a national security interest – though shareholders…

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Opinion: Impact Expected From Commerce Department’s Rules on Largest Chinese Video Surveillance and AI Providers

Contributing author Steve Surfaro notes potential effects upon chip makers, investments in artificial intelligence. On Oct. 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to its Entity List determined to be “acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of…

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