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Editor Introduction

Ideally, every new product or technology serves a need in the market, but not all new products are created equal. The impact of some new technologies is so profound that they make us rethink our preconceptions and may create a total transition in the broader market. These are the technologies we call “game changers” because they prompt a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about security. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What current technology is a “game changer” for physical security?  


dan berg headshotArtificial Intelligence (AI) is going to be the game changer and disruptor – in physical security as it is with almost every other industry. AI will have the ability to truly assess threats to the facilities and staff that physical security is there to protect. By combining all available data points – from perimeter detection to intrusion detection to fire system sensors to video analytics and computer vision – AI-powered physical security systems will be able to detect, assess, and respond faster and with greater accuracy than any human operator ever could. Of course, this raises the question as to who, or what, is ultimately in control of access to a facility, asset, or even intellectual property that is being protected. As AI is rapidly evolving at a breakneck pace, that and other questions about AI’s role in our civilization will need to be answered.

Editor Summary

When it comes to identifying game changers in the physical security world, the most obvious candidates are artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud systems, including all their various applications. Not surprisingly, several of our Expert Panelists named those technologies as factors significantly impacting the security market. Other technologies named by our panelists include mobile smart credentials, embedded computing, collaborative design software, anti-terror bollards, and unified security management platforms. Considering all the suggestions together, it is very clear that the game is, indeed, changing.

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