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The 10 best articles of 2021 reflect an evolving security market
Our most popular articles in 2021 reflect the state of the industry. Taken together, the top 10 articles of 2021, measured by reader clicks, cover big topics like smart cities and cybersecurity. They discuss new innovations in video surveillance, including smarter, more connected systems, and a new generation of computer chips that improve capabilities at the edge. A recurring theme in 2021 is the impact of cybersecurity on physical security, epitomized by a high-profile hack of 150,000 cameras and an incident at a Florida water plant. There is also an ongoing backlash against facial recognition technology, despite promising technology trends. Inter-agency collaboration Our top stories also touch on less exposed topics, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for fraud detection and the problem of cable theft in South Africa. Here’s a review of the top 10 articles of 2021, based on reader clicks, including links to original content: Smart cities have come a long way over the past few decades, but to really make a smart city safe Security in Smart Cities: How CCTV Keeps Security at the Forefront Key foundations underpinning smart cities are 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud. Each is equally important, and together these technologies allow city officials to collect and analyze more detailed information than ever before. For public safety in particular, the establishment of IoT and cloud systems will be one of the main factors in improving the quality of life of citizens. Smart cities have come a long way over the past few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas that need to be developed as a priority. Fraud Detection Technology How AI is Revolutionizing Fraud Detection Fraud detection technology has advanced rapidly over the years and has made it easier for security professionals to detect and prevent fraud. Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing fraud detection. Banks can use artificial intelligence software to gain insight into a customer’s online spending habits. Having this level of information allows an anomaly detection system to determine whether a transaction is normal or not. Suspicious transactions may be flagged for further investigation and verified by the customer. If the transaction is not fraudulent, the information can be fed into the anomaly detection system to learn more about the customer’s online consumption behavior. For decades, cable theft has disrupted infrastructure in South Africa. Remote Monitoring Technology: Tackling South Africa’s Cable Theft Problem Cable theft has plagued infrastructure in South Africa for decades, and it’s a problem that permeates the entire supply chain . In November 2020, Nasdaq reported that “When South Africa shut down much of its economy and transportation network during its COVID-19 lockdown, organized gangs, sometimes armed, moved into its crumbling stations to steal precious copper from the lines. Now, more than two months after that lockdown ended, the commuter rail system, which millions of commuters rely on, is barely operational. Physical Security Impact Hacking 150,000 Verkada Cameras: It Could Have Been Worse When 150,000 CCTV cameras are hacked, that’s big news. The target of the hack was Silicon Valley startup Verkada, which collected a massive amount of security camera data from its 150,000 surveillance cameras in hospitals, businesses, police departments, prisons and prisons. schools. The data breach was committed by an international hacker collective and was first reported by Bloomberg. On February 5, an operator watched a computer screen as someone remotely accessed the system monitoring the water supply and increased the amount of sodium hydroxide by 100 parts. per million to 11,100 parts per million. The chemical, also known as lye, is used in small concentrations to control water acidity. This incident is the latest example of how cybersecurity attacks can result in real physical security consequences, even fatalities. CCTV Technologies Organizations around the world have embraced CCTV technologies to manage social distancing CCTV is getting smarter and more connected The global pandemic has sparked tremendous innovation and change in the CCTV industry. Last year, organizations around the world adopted video surveillance technologies to manage social distancing, monitor occupancy levels in internal and external environments, and improve their return-to-work processes. Forced to reinvent nearly every facet of their operations for a new post-COVID reality, businesses have quickly embraced the possibilities offered by today’s next-generation video surveillance systems. The Post-Pandemic Mandate for Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transforming Security Guards In sports venues, a disturbing new trend is making headlines: bad fan behavior. At the same time, security managers report a chronic shortage of security guards. Combining surveillance video with advanced AI-based analytics can automatically identify fan disruptions or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need for large numbers of guards monitoring video streams and clients. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. Important Emerging Technology Why Access Control Matters In a workspace, access control is especially crucial for tracking the movement of employees in the event of an incident, as well as making life easier for your team by allowing them to move between spaces without security personnel and site managers present. It can also reduce a company’s expenses by reducing the need to hire and pay security guards to stay on site. The City of Baltimore has banned the use of facial recognition systems by residents Baltimore is the latest US city to target facial recognition technology The City of Baltimore has banned the use of facial recognition systems by residents, businesses and the city government (except the police). The criminalization in a major US city of an important emerging technology in the physical security industry is an extreme example of the persistent backlash against facial recognition in the United States. Several localities – from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco, from Oakland, California, to Boston – have decided to limit the use of the technology, and privacy groups have even proposed a national moratorium on the use of the technology. use of facial recognition. Powerful Artificial Intelligence The next wave of SoCs will boost the capabilities of cameras at the edge A new generation of video cameras is set to dramatically increase capabilities at the edge of the IP network, including more powerful artificial intelligence (AI) and higher resolutions, and paving the way for new applications that previously would have been too expensive or complex. The technologies at the heart of the next generation of video cameras to come are Ambarella’s latest systems-on-chips (SoCs). Ambarella’s CV5S and CV52S product families bring a new level of on-camera AI performance and integration to multi-imager and single-imager IP cameras.