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July 26, 2022


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“Driving insights from the physical world into the digital world” – How cloud can support more intelligent camera functions

How far is physical security merging with digital, cloud-based systems? Joe Weiss from Cisco Meraki and Miranda AbiDyer from Cogniac, explained how the use of smart cameras can adapt and transform a physical security environment with the advancement of cloud managed systems in our recent Webinar: Connect, Secure, Automate.

Weiss highlighted that “cyber and physical security goes hand in hand”, in the modern world of security, where smart cameras are used and managed centrally from the cloud, without having storage rooms, servers or DVRs.

He went on to explain that cloud-based options reduce, or remove altogether, the need to invest in storage or servers, supporting the scalability of using smarter, more bandwidth-intensive cameras that connect to the network.

Training smart cameras to detect, count and sense

Weiss discussed how human security checking, such as counting people from visual surveillance, can lead to human error, in comparison to smart cameras which count or track automatically and are constantly running. This switch to AI-based cameras, Weiss explained, provides a better return on investment in the long run for businesses, while having additional security benefits on top of general monitoring. Weiss described it as “automating visual inspection”.

Further into the webinar, Weiss looked at how businesses can then start to understand and better analyse the objects and people in a work environment with the use of smart technology. He emphasised the effects of the pandemic, which has made more clients want to be aware of how to best use their office space in the most efficient function and cost-saving way possible, along with maintaining security. He provided an example of cameras detecting desk use, being able to recognise when there is a person at a desk and when it is empty.

Miranda AbiDyer provided an example of creating a model teaching a Meraki camera system 11 flavours of Quality Street chocolates with only a few images of the chocolates, explaining how this type of model can be scaled and deployed to multiple requirements of a business. She also focused on how Cogniac works with non-technical users to build and train custom computer visual models, turning the camera into a sensor for their specific work environments, such as for detecting uniforms or high vis jackets.

Overall, the webinar provided attendees with insight into how customers are preparing and adapting for a hybrid security environment, emphasising the benefits of cloud-based platforms to utilise today’s modern technology to maximise security and create more well-rounded operational efficiencies. Weiss and AbiDyer provided several examples of cameras being used for far more than security purposes, and explained how cloud solutions allow for scalability and flexibility in the future.

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