The 2002 science fiction film, Minority Report showcased some impressive video surveillance opportunities, highlighting numerous facial recognition features.  While we have yet to achieve much of this film technology, we have developed some practical advances in facial recognition technology.  Advances will no doubt continue to develop this video technology.  Utilizing this technology can have some real world applications.  These include searches to help with identification; creating special rules to help identify whitelisted or blacklisted individuals as well as locating wanted or missing individuals.  Casino applications, airports and other mass transit applications will certainly want to adopt this technology.  In fact, some are already using this technology to help with their own security requirements.  Imagine the boundless applications for this technology.

Another clever application of this technology is the integration of this video identification being used to provide access control.  We recently provided a client with a well-received demonstration of FST Biometrics In motion identification (IMID™) is now an option for facilities looking to manage access control entry points.  These systems have been deployed to grant access for openings and turnstile applications at a number of facilities.  Not having to present a physical credential or remember a PIN number will certainly make access control more convenient and secure.  Let’s face it, showing up to work without your access control credential is a regular problem for many organizations.  Utilizing the FST Biometrics technology will resolve this issue.  Their technology also learns other unique identification characteristics that help develop an enhanced profile with even greater security.  Not having to carry anything but your own identity has benefits.

Emerging technologies will continue to develop improvements for the security industry.  Keeping up with science fiction may be a challenge for manufacturers and integrators.  The “CSI” effect can distort the reality of video surveillance technology.  Integrators will always have to manage the expectations of their clients.  One way we do this is to provide demonstrations to help clearly identify the proposed solution.  Managing expectations is critical to the success of any video surveillance installation.  Working with clients to help develop the best solution for their application is always going to be important.  Helping to identify things like resolution, frame rate, retention and storage are vital to any video surveillance solution.  Having a dialogue in advance of the installation will ensure a successful deployment for all parties.  We would welcome an opportunity to have those discussions with anyone looking to learn more about video surveillance.