Mr. Toby Koh

GROUP MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR Ademco Se­cu­rity Group

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2019 will be the year when fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy will ex­plode in us­age across the world. Fa­cial iden­tity is be­ing used on streets by many gov­ern­ments for pub­lic se­cu­rity and sur­veil­lance. ATM machines will au­then­ti­cate our face and al­low with­drawals. Point of sale sys­tems will use face as mo­bile wal­lets. Face recog­ni­tion will start re­plac­ing smart card ac­cess con­trol sys­tems into build­ings. Our face will be our badge into au­to­mated su­per­mar­kets, and video an­a­lyt­ics will scan all our pur­chases and deduct pay­ment as we walk out seam­lessly.

Our pri­vacy will be com­pro­mised as a re­sult of this con­ve­nience. Our where­abouts will be tracked ex­ten­sively and au­to­mat­i­cally. Po­lice will re­quest CCTV feed from pri­vate build­ings for pur­pose of es­tab­lish­ing fed­er­ated video sur­veil­lance plat­form.

There will be a na­tion­wide pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship against crime.

The wonder then is if gov­ern­ments will be able to pro­tect against cy­ber­at­tacks and the loss of the data col­lected.

This year, Ademco Se­cu­rity Group met its ex­pan­sion goal of one new coun­try ev­ery year with en­try into its 7th coun­try, Viet­nam. Mr. Koh has also learned to be a bet­ter fa­ther this year than ever be­fore. (He is a fa­ther of three chil­dren aged 19, 17 and 14.) A truly mean­ing­ful per­sonal achieve­ment in 2018: He coun­seled a per­son out of sui­cide.

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