Security in the news


Meet Bob

While monitoring information channels, I came across a thought-provoking article related to the application of a robot, appropriately named Bob (As of now in the research stage) to the task of building security. The immediate reactions are to associate this adaptation of advance robotics andAi, setting aside the inherent weaknesses in this technology platform, with two very sensitive areas of our current economic model, that of replacing human labor with technology at a time when there remains soft pockets of labor markets in the global economy. There is also a more acidic view, that of another creepy intrusion of advance technology into personal privacy as such “droids” may lend themselves to abuse either willingly by its operators or unwillingly by malicious intrusion from hackers exploiting flaws in its software architecture.

But there is another reading to this. For years we in the security profession have been witnesses to the convergence of physical and logical security, where in many cases these two separate ops centers functioned seamlessly. In other words the same command and control centers that handle cybersecurity and other InfoSec countermeasures also integrate surveillance, access control and the human (security officer) interactions forming a concentric mesh of enterprise protection. I see the development of new nodes, such as robotic technology powered by the latest in artificial intelligence technology as an inevitable evolution in the converged ecosystem. The challenge will be to leverage the new technology to plug gaps in existing security programs with augmented nodes of information. For instance this would take the surveillance technology which is for the most part fixed on particular locations and make it mobile and interactive with people occupying the space where deployed. Furthermore, promising technology such as facial or pattern recognition which has yielded limited results in protection schemes could have more effective applications when loaded onto a roaming droid.

These are just quick reflections on this development. In time we can come up with more sophisticated approaches to the application of robotic technology to protection programs and more importantly in a way that’s not detrimental to our privacy and to the millions of men and women that depend on the security profession as a livelihood.

Read article:

Meet Bob, Britain’s First Robotic Security Guard

Daily Mail (United Kingdom) (06/16/14) Zolfagharifard, Ellie


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