It seems there are more “bad things” happening than ever before. We hear news every day of workplace shootings and terrorist attacks, of smash-and-grab thefts and child abductions. Beyond the possible human tragedy involved, such events pose a persistent question to anyone involved in the realm of security: Could we have prevented it? The first step toward prevention is to predict or foresee an event before it happens. Too often, technology enters the picture after the fact, most commonly the use of forensic video. Isn’t there more our industry can do before such events occur? We put the question to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can security systems be used to predict bad things before they happen?
Predicting events before they happen is an important first step toward preventing tragedy. A variety of analytics capabilities, including video analytics and even the use of artificial intelligence techniques, are opening new opportunities for security systems to predict bad events. Our Expert Panel Roundtable shared several good examples that confirm a growing trend. The physical security industry increasingly can provide a new realm of value to customers: The ability to predict the future.