Artificial intelligence has now crept into surveillance, and to be honest, this is mind-blowing! As in, think of digital eyes with brains to understand what’s going in a scene. Well, for one, that’s a perfect boost to the security industry but on the other hand, personal privacy becomes a concern. Imagine it this way; you come back home and your artificially intelligent surveillance camera -after analyzing a clip, it offers you a request: “Sir, or Madam, please have a look at this.”
After going through the video, you realize that actually, the camera was able to detect a strange face that visited your house and left with your spouse (holding hands). The camera was unhappy and it decided to alert you on the “fishy secrete!”
Well, …you know what, that is exactly where artificial intelligence is taking us to. As in, for years, surveillance cameras have been working in a passive mode. That is, they only become a topic when something goes wrong. There was a bank robbery? Check the CCTV.
A New Turn Is Coming…
Things are changing and in few years’ time, you won’t believe what your digital eyes will be able to do. Artificial intelligence is now after creating a brain for surveillance cameras. Which means, they will not only be recording scenes, but the gadgets will also be able to know exactly when to record. That avoids keeping of unnecessary clips. Cams will also be able to analyze live videos without requiring human input.
From a security point of view, this is good news for public safety. So the FBI, first responders, and the police will be able to easily spot crimes, attempts or accidents and take or implement the necessary action. On the other hand, this raises concern about the future of privacy and puts social justice in jeopardy. You may ask how… imagine the government keeping track of everyone’s move using CCTV -got it? But well, not for now.
Artificial Intelligence in the Surveillance Camera
While we may be years away to experience the above-mentioned scenarios in real life, the trend in AI is kinder like taking us there faster than expected and this is evident with Builder AI and IC Realtime – two different startups with visions of merging artificial intelligence with surveillance. In December, IC Realtime unveiled a platform in form of an app called Ella, which they say it uses AI to monitor as well as analyze anything unique in the video feeds to make it instantly search-able.
According to Matt Sailor, the Chief Executive Officer at IC Realtime, Ella, using artificial intelligence is able to recognize hundreds if not thousands of queries keyed in using natural language. This ideally lets users search for clips showing specific car models or makes, folks wearing clothes of a certain color -and specific animals that accompanied a person or a group of people.
How Much Can You Do With an Artificially Intelligent Cam?
With such a technology fitted in a CCTV, it would mean, you’ll be able to perform searches in footages faster and much accurately. You can type something like –”a woman wearing pink,” a blue Porsche,” “man with a dog” and so on. If for instance, you’ve set let’s say 40 plus cameras to survey your enterprise, you’ll be able to narrow your results by location and time.
However, the interesting part would be where you’ll no longer need a keyboard to try out the searches but only speak and the system does the search. Will that be practically possible? Certainly yes, reason being, we already have a computer that is able to figure out American accents –this was revealed at the CES.
Other Supporting Breakthroughs
If you’ve been keen on technological trends since the onset of last year, you must have come across some strange topics. Like for instance, “discovered sensor (by AEye) to help self-driving cars see exactly like humans do,” or something like, “the memristors chip to power neural networks,” and so on… a combination of these and other similar technologies can be a recipe for making highly reliable CCTV cams.
High-tech sensors in this case built in digital eyes mean the systems are able to master movements at longer ranges and immediately begin to record. While on the other, chips like the memristors mean that an AI-powered surveillance camera will be trained faster to master the environments it will be working.
In other words, artificial intelligence, inside the surveillance camera might be eliminating the need for human guards. That is what now most American in the labor industry don’t want to hear at all. AI taking away human jobs? Don’t even mention that in public or you might receive some blows. Well, to be honest, what else do you expect from someone who has worked all his life as a security guard providing for his family, then he or she hears about jobs being given to robots?