Mideast to adopt identity technology supported by AI
The Middle East, with its predominance of critically vital hydrocarbon, energy and utility plants, is set to become an early adopter of the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) influenced identity and face recognition technology as commercial building security rises up the region’s infrastructure agenda, according to experts.
With new insights from 6W research estimating a 16.6 per cent compound annual growth in the region’s commercial security market over the next four years will reach US$8.4bn, the international industry says owners and operators will employ the very latest technology to ring fence their assets.
The forecasts are borne out by the commercial security sector at Intersec, the region’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which will run at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from January 19-21. Commercial Security will be the second largest exhibitor segment at the show accounting for nearly a third of the 1,100 participants. Fire and Rescue will be the show’s largest segment with over 400 exhibitors.
Danish exhibitor, Milestone Systems which provides open platform video management software (VMS) technology that helps ensure safety, protect assets and increases business efficiency says the future of commercial security will be dominated by intelligent, AI-driven solutions.
“AI is a real gamechanger,” said Amine Sadi, regional sales manager, Middle East and Africa, Milestone Systems. AI systems can analyse massive amounts of data, which is beneficial for reviewing hours of surveillance footage. By learning how objects move and what they look like, the AI applications can rank the data and make decisions based on it. Machine learning and artificial intelligence assist by analysing data that has not been organised or labelled in advance, finding discernible patterns and helping to search for unknown output to solve problems.”
Sadi said the global video management industry is witnessing unparalleled innovation by creating new opportunities for the use of technology to protect people and assets, helping to optimise business and the way people live and work.
“According to the World Economic Forum, more than one 1tn sensors will be connected to the Internet by 2022,” he explained.
Sadi said demand for smart solutions and machine learning technologies will be fuelled through the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI technology. Executives surveyed by the PwC Global Digital IQ Survey bear out his predictions with 73 per cent saying they are investing in IoT and 54 per cent committing to AI.
At Intersec 2020, Milestone Systems plans to unveil the latest version of its market leading XProtect VMS and solutions specifically targeting the Safe City, Transportation and Retail industries. The purpose-built, high performance Milestone Husky XSeries, a high-performance network video recorder will also be showcased.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Euklis, which manufactures technological solutions for security, video surveillance, access control and telecommunications, identifies face recognition as the new industry game-changer.
“It has a relevant impact in reducing residual risk, when the intention is to make the access to a critical infrastructure or an industrial site safer,” explained a company spokesperson.
“The key trends shaping the future of commercial security in the Middle East will be video surveillance, access control and integrated and centralised management of security systems on a common platform.”
At Intersec 2020, Euklis will demonstrate its FaRe 3.0 Hybrid – Identity & Face Recognition Platform.