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People usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes which are watching over to keep criminal activities at bay. Most surveillance cameras are passive, however. They are used as deterrence, or to provide evidence if something goes wrong. “Your car got stolen? Check the CCTV.”
This scenario is however changing, and fast. Artificial intelligence is aiding surveillance cameras with the appropriate acumen to help the ‘watchful eyes’ to analyze live video footages, without requiring any human to govern it. This can be highly beneficial for public safety as it would help police and first responders to spot crimes and accidents easily.
On the other hand, biometrics, which has remained a part of the security narrative for years now, is maturing evermore rapidly; allowing for retinal scanning, facial recognition, and even sitting posture, heartbeat, and body scent to recognize a human being. The age of privacy may have fallen behind, but security is still something everyone has to consider. Turning at the corner of a new reality, where abundantly available personal information makes it possible for criminals to target practically anyone, one would need to do more than just ‘employ’ the latest in security technology.
Alongside, drones, which have been in use in the consumer market for quite some time now, have only recently started to become more common as a method of surveillance and security. Security drones can do everything from snapping pictures of suspicious or illegal activities, to actually chase down and follow potentially dangerous suspects. Some surveillance drones can hit speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour, and may also have the advantage of LED or infrared lights to better capture pictures and video. These new advances suggest public life can still be secure in an increasingly exposed world.