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Editor Introduction

According to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to transform all sectors of society, including national security. The physical security marketplace is certainly feeling the impact of the new technology, which has quickly gained prominence as one of the industry’s most popular buzzwords. To assess the more practical aspects of the situation, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How is artificial intelligence (AI) changing the course of the security marketplace?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the security marketplace in various ways. One of the significant impacts of AI is its ability to analyze vast amounts of data and provide real-time insights that can enhance security decision-making. AI-enabled security systems can also learn from data patterns, detect anomalies, and predict potential security threats, making them more proactive and effective in identifying and mitigating risks.

AI-powered security solutions are also improving accuracy and reducing false positives, which can be a significant challenge for human operators. For instance, facial recognition technology can accurately identify individuals in real time and match them to known security threats.

Additionally, security systems can automate the response to critical scenarios defined by the user, such as starting a lock-down of a building based on audio classification or weapon detection, or a combination of AI criteria.

Editor Summary

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already proving its worth in the physical security industry by analyzing vast amounts of video data in real time. More broadly, the technology can detect and respond to security threats more quickly and effectively, mine information across multiple data silos, and reduce false alarms over time. In a time of labor shortages, AI can remove the need for humans to do repetitive, low-value decision-making activities and serve as a force multiplier to make security systems and personnel more effective than ever.

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