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FEB 2019

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22 Security Business / / February 2019 SECURITY WATCH Event Report relatively small AI application developer showed me something amazing for popular microcomputer platforms like Uno and Raspberry Pi – already embraced by the residential, DIY and small systems security markets. The solution, by Z-Wave Alliance partner Z-WAVEME, simplifies the creation of Z-Wave devices and enables someone to create a small AI system, including design, coding, testing and finally implementation – using a platform that automatically generates and tests the AI code. That’s an instant, customized DIY system. After demonstrating this, I am confident I can develop an AI-based water, CO, pool control, AC unit status monitoring solution with built-in notification logic. Hisense – monitoring center of the future? Hisense demonstrated how AI-powered TV algorithms gather information about what you are watching and then automatically optimize the settings to enhance the viewing experience. For example, when the TV’s AI identifies your program as a sporting event, it will automatically adjust the motion rate to give you a HD realistic picture. Time will tell if this technology can be adapted for or adopted within security monitoring center applications. Drones & Robotics Drones against drones: While the security industry struggles with rogue drones shutting down critical aviation hubs, FirstIZ quietly introduced two Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that may offer a glimpse at the anti-drone systems of the future. Virtually every safety and security sensor can be placed on them, including thermal imaging, wide area stabilized imagery, ground fire detection, combustible and harmful gas detection – with detection even in motion or at speed. Far better than some anti-drone solutions still in their infancy, both drones can detect rogue drones and report back to command with an accurate First Person View (FPV). Training robots to be first responders: MediaTek had an amazing AI training and “mimic” exhibit, where a woman’s actions in front of a green screen were synchronized by an AI-powered robot, which was able to keep up with most of the poses. This may represent a life-saving leap forward for first responders, when a robot can imitate a first responder’s movements to enter a highly dangerous environment. Voice Assistants Go Bigger Voice assistants are being integrated into every part of our daily lives, from home security to industrial “skills” for smart cities. More than 100 million devices with Alexa have been sold. Alexa Voice Service (AVS) can operate as a home automation hub, enabling user control of heating and lighting systems, and it supports If This Then That (IFTTT) protocol, so that when user-specified events occur, follow-up tasks are automatically triggered and handled – also known as home automation. As much as Alexa was buzzing, “Hey Google” was everywhere as well; in fact, Google Assistant will be available on 1 billion devices globally before the end of January. Security and Safety Things (SAST) Ties it all Together Bosch spin-off SAST – unveiled at GSX in 2018 – hopes to answer the question: How can the electronic security industry integrate video technology from Consumer Electronics, Autonomous Vehicle, Smart Home, DIY and AI industries? Thus, it only made sense that SAST would have a presence on the CES show floor. One of the most promising innovations in the Security Ecosystem is the creation of four key services: 1. The first “standardized” OS platform to support virtually any video surveillance camera with transparent upgrades, similar to the way Google Play and App Store handle updates; 2. An integrator portal designed for delivering video services; 3. A world-class app store to purchase video management, analytics and related applications; and 4. A Software developer environment designed to encourage collaboration on the new platform and move the SAST community forward. Check out my video interview from the SAST demo at CES: ■ » Steve Surfaro is Chairman of the Public Safety Working Group for the Security Industry Association (SIA) and has more than 30 years of security industry experience. He is an expert in smart cities and buildings, cybersecurity, forensic video, data science, command center design and first responder tech. Follow him on Twitter, @stevesurf. A look inside the Z-Wave Alliance's CES smart home "Experience House." A look at SAST's standardized OS platform to support virtually any video surveillance camera. Thanks to a payload of smart sensors, FirstIZ's drones can also be used as anti-drone devices.

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