October 26, 2023

How AI is Transforming the Landscape of Physical Security

blog | Artificial Intelligence

The realm of physical security is undergoing an evolution. Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities are being fused with traditional security measures to create systems that are smarter, faster, and more adaptable. In the coming months and years, we can anticipate a significant shift in how security systems operate and how they’re managed. Let’s delve into the core areas where AI is making its mark.

1. Video Surveillance Enhancement

Core Capabilities: Enhanced video surveillance leverages AI to actively monitor and analyze footage rather than just passively recording. 

Application: Consider the Object Label Application in BluSKY. While older security cameras might capture footage of a suspicious person leaving a building, this AI-enhanced tool can label objects or individuals in real-time. This instantaneous identification can be the difference between a quick response and a missed opportunity. Moreover, with Camera Scene Description, the system can differentiate between stationary objects, moving objects, and even understand if the scene is indoors or outdoors. Such granularity ensures that the security response is accurate to the situation.

2. Facial and Appearance Recognition

Core Capabilities: Modern security tools can recognize and authenticate individuals using facial features or even their voice.

Application: Imagine accessing a secure facility. Rather than fumbling with ID cards or access codes, the BluSKY Log In feature allows individuals to gain entry using their face or voice. Not just that, with advancements in Appearance Recognition, if someone tries to enter wearing a disguise, the system can detect inconsistencies and alert security.

3. Behavior Analysis

Core Capabilities: AI systems now observe and interpret human behavior, predicting potential threats based on body language, patterns, or unusual activities.

Application: In a large corporate setting, the Tailgating Recognition at a Door system could detect if an unauthorized individual tries to sneak in behind an employee. Additionally, **Unusual Event Detection** can alert staff if, for example, a person loiters near a secure entrance for an extended period.

4. Integration and Analysis

Core Capabilities: AI allows for the seamless integration of vast data sources, enhancing the depth and breadth of security analytics.

Application: In a complex facility with multiple security measures, a Data Lake Correlation and Fusion system can pull data from various sources like cameras, sensors, and access logs. When an event occurs, instead of piecing together a timeline from fragmented data, the system offers a consolidated view, making incident response more informed and swift.

5. Access Control & Management

Core Capabilities: Beyond traditional card-based systems, AI-driven access control measures optimize access based on a multitude of factors.

Application: A high-security laboratory might use the Automated Access Level Assignment feature. Here, researchers are granted access based on their projects, ensuring they only enter relevant areas, thus reducing risks of contamination or data breaches.

6. Learning and Interpretation

Core Capabilities: Advanced AI modules, like the Learning and Interpretation Module (LLM), aid in everything from device setup to audit compliance.

Application: Imagine a newly installed security system in a vast industrial complex. Instead of manual configuration, the LLM – Device Description feature can automatically recognize and categorize devices. Later, for audit purposes, the LLM – Audit and Compliance tool ensures that the facility meets all regulatory requirements without human error.

7. Specialized Functions

Core Capabilities: AI has brought forth a suite of specialized tools addressing niche security needs, making systems more comprehensive.

Application: Elevators in a busy office tower can leverage the Count People in Elevator feature, ensuring safety standards are maintained. If the elevator reaches capacity, it won’t stop on other floors, reducing wait times and enhancing efficiency. In the same building, security teams can utilize Floor Plan Region of Interest tools to focus on critical areas like server rooms or executive suites, ensuring these zones receive heightened surveillance.


The fusion of AI with physical security promises a future where premises are safer, responses are faster, and anomalies are detected before they escalate. While the technology’s potential is immense, it’s crucial to implement these solutions judiciously, balancing the need for security with privacy considerations. As we venture further into this new era, the combination of AI’s adaptability with human discernment will redefine the very essence of security. 

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