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Top 10 Articles of 2021 Reflect a Changing Security Market
Our most popular items in 2021 are a good reflection of the state of the industry. Taken together, the 10 best 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, embodied in a high-profile hack of 150,000 cameras and an incident at a water plant in Florida. There is also a continuing backlash against facial recognition technology, despite promising technological trends. Cross-Agency Collaboration Our main articles also cover 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 the original content: Smart cities have come a long way in the past few decades, but to really make a smart city safe Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security at the forefront The main foundations behind smart cities are 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and the cloud. Each is equally important, and together these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed information than ever before. For public safety in particular, the implementation of IoT and cloud systems will be one of the main factors for improving the quality of life of citizens. Smart cities have come a long way over the past 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 AI software to gain insight into a customer’s spending habits online. Having this level of knowledge allows an anomaly detection system to determine whether a transaction is normal or not. Suspicious transactions can 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 shopping behavior. For decades, cable theft has disrupted South Africa’s infrastructure Remote monitoring technology: tackling the problem of cable theft in South Africa In November 2020, the Nasdaq reported that “when Africa South shut down much of its economy and transportation network during its COVID-19 lockdown, organized gangs, sometimes armed, entered its crumbling stations to steal precious copper from the lines. Now, more than two months after this lockdown ended, the commuter train system, which millions of commuters rely on, is barely operational. Physical Security Implications 150,000 Verkada Cameras Hacked Could Have Been Worse When 150,000 CCTV cameras are hacked, that’s great news. The target of the hack was the Silicon Valley startup Verkada, which collected a huge amount of security camera data from its 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, businesses, police departments, government offices, prisons and schools. The data breach was committed by an international hacker collective and was first reported by Bloomberg. Water plant attack highlights impact of cybersecurity on physical security At a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, Fla., 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 from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million. The chemical, also known as lye, is used in small concentrations to control the acidity of the water. The incident is the latest example of how cybersecurity attacks can translate into real physical security consequences – even fatal. CCTV Technologies Organizations around the world have adopted CCTV technologies to manage social distancing CCTV is getting smarter and more connected The global pandemic has triggered tremendous innovations and changes in the video surveillance industry. Over the past year, organizations around the world have adopted CCTV technologies to manage social distancing, monitor occupancy levels in internal and external environments, and improve their return-to-work processes. Forced to reimagine almost every facet of their operations for a new post-COVID reality, businesses quickly seized the possibilities offered by today’s next-generation video surveillance systems. The post-pandemic mandate for entertainment venues: Digitally transforming security guards At the same time, security directors are reporting a chronic shortage of security guards. Combining surveillance video with advanced AI-based analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need for large numbers of guards. monitoring video feeds and clients. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. Important Emerging Technology Why Access Control Is Important In a workspace, access control is especially crucial for tracking the movement of employees in the event of an incident, as well as making your team’s life much easier 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 people to stay put. City of Baltimore bans use of facial recognition systems by residents Baltimore is latest US city to target facial recognition technology City of Baltimore bans use of facial recognition systems by residents, businesses and the city government (except the police). The criminalization in a large US city of a major emerging technology in the physical security industry is an extreme example of the continuing backlash against facial recognition across the United States. Several communities – from Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Boston – have decided to limit the use of the technology, and privacy groups have even proposed a national moratorium on the technology. the use of facial recognition. Powerful Artificial Intelligence The next wave of SoC will boost the capabilities of edge cameras for new applications that would previously 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 a chip (SoC). 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.