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JUN 2019

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36 Security Business / / June 2019 AI-powered people counting analytics can tell school administrators how many students entered the school that morning and how many exited the building during an evacuation. ©Istock Back to School SECURITY AI on School Campuses The benefits of facial recognition, people counting, perimeter detection and LPR in the education market By Steve Wilber Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly common feature in security products – and it is finding its way into one of the most quickly-growing security vertical markets, school campuses. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently reported that 81 percent of public schools have video surveillance cameras installed, up from just 19 percent in the year 2000. This increase in security brings new challenges, among which are addressing privacy concerns, reducing the workforce needed to observe surveillance feeds, and maximizing the benefits of video surveillance. The safety of students, faculty, and staff is, of course, the top priority. The good news is that advanced security systems using AI-based technologies are working to ensure it. The Basics of AI It is crucial to understand how AI works. AI technology enables a machine, such as a surveillance system, to perform tasks that traditionally need human intelligence to execute. AI is powered by deep learning and machine learning technologies – two buzzworthy and often-confusing terms. Machine learning algorithms improve themselves in response to the data to which they are exposed. This complex technology benefits a school campus by making security devices perform more effectively – an advantage for schools with limited budgets. Of those 81 percent of public schools using video surveillance, only 57 percent have security staff on site, according to NCES. This indicates that many of these security systems are not actively monitored, greatly impeding their ability to mitigate security and safety incidents; however, a computer never gets bored or distracted. With AI at the helm, exceptional persons, objects or activity are brought to the security operators’ attention – thus empowering the human staff to be active participants without the burden of constantly viewing tedious, unexceptional activity.

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