Fire & Security Industry News Round-up 03/08/2018


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This week in our Fire & Security industry news round-up we cover suggestions for a new drone use law, facial recognition controversies, newest Terrorism Report, how AI technology impacts Video Analytics & more…


The UK Government consulting on drone use and safety enforcement

Suggestions include a minimum age for drone pilots; 1km restrictions near protected aerodromes (compared with a 400ft height and flying restriction near aerodromes restrictions that came into force on July 30); operators of small drones of a mass between 250g and 20kg inclusive to have to register; and pilots to meet ‘competence requirements’. Additionally, the Government thinks, that the vast majority of drone users breaking the rules are unaware of the law and are doing so unintentionally’. Hence the regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ‘Dronecode’ safety awareness campaign, described as ‘a simple set of rules’ to raise awareness of the law with drone users, commercial and recreational.

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(Professional Security Magazine, 30/07/2018)

Facial recognition controversies

Although facial recognition technology has made great strides in recent decades, performance remains uneven. There have been several other high-profile controversies over AI-driven platforms – many related to racial or gender bias. Amazon’s facial recognition software erroneously flagged 28 members of Congress as having been arrested for crimes during tests run by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The retail giant’s Rekognition platform also disproportionately misidentified people of colour in a database of mugshots. People of colour who were falsely identified accounted for 40% of the wrongly-matched faces – 11 of 28 – even though they make up only 20% of US Congress.

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(IFSEC Global, 02/08/2018)

Terrorism Frequency Report 2018

Despite the absence of successful attacks in Great Britain during the first half of 2018, the terrorism landscape remains complex. According to the latest Terrorism Frequency Report by Pool Re, as the barriers for individuals and groups to acquiring material and knowledge to undertake terrorist attacks continue to recede, the private sector must step up and improve its own protective security measures. The report describes intelligence gathering, risk assessment, training, and exercises, internally and with emergency and security services. The report concludes that the UK official 2018 CONTEST policy assesses that the threat from Islamist terrorism will remain at its current level for two years at least, and that the threat from extreme right wing terrorism is growing.

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(Professional Security Magazine, 31/07/2018)

AI Technology making an impact on Intelligent Video Analytics

Machine learning is a subset of AI encompassing a range of algorithms to enable a trend or pattern recognition over time. It can be supervised, i.e. with expert training, or unsupervised, with no inputs from humans. Deep learning is a subset of machine learning and has applications in today’s world, from speech recognition to image recognition and even biomedical informatics. While deep learning is rapidly becoming the new star of video analytics actual commercial implementations only started to enter into the video surveillance market in the last two years. In the first three months of this year there has been a significant number of new products launched on beta trials with some delivering exciting results.

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(Memoori, 31/07/2018)

Smart retail market predicted to triple by 2023

The latest research by Marketsandmarkets predicts, that the smart retail market will grow from $13.07 billion in 2018 to $38.51 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 24.12% from 2018 to 2023. the major drivers for this market are the increasing adoption of smartphones, growing need for better customer service and shopping experience, decreasing cost of electronic components, and emerging new technologies creating new revenues for retailers. The hardware market is expected to hold the largest share for smart retail over the forecast period.

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(Security World Market, 03/08/2018)


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