There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability; it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your organization safe and secure. Check out the top news and headlines from the past month. Genetec, a provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence, shared its top five predictions for the physical security industry in 2020. On its list are AI, facial recognition, physical identity management, blockchain and cybersecurity. Our take: As technology advances we are likely to see innovations in areas like AI change the way we secure our buildings and assets. We’re looking forward to see where the next decade’s innovations take the security industry. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill that would build a national strategy to protect 5G telecommunications systems in the United States The legislation, led by U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger, is titled Secure 5G and Beyond Act. It would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to protect U.S. consumers and assist allies in maximizing the security of their 5G telecommunications systems. Our take: Because Huawei, a Chinese company, is a leading supplier of 5G technology, which could be exploited by China to engage in espionage, it’s important that the U.S. government is taking steps to protect 5G in the United States. This is particularly important now, as 5G, which was introduced last year, becomes more widely used. Facial recognition continues to be protested by privacy activists in the United States. San Diego has suspended its use of facial recognition scanners by law enforcement after a campaign by civil rights groups, for example, as have other communities. A coalition of organizations and trade associations has issued a letter to Congress outlining concerns with “blanket prohibitions” or moratoriums on facial recognition technology and listing beneficial uses for public safety, national security and fighting fraud. Our take: Facial recognition technology is an exciting innovation for security professionals — it allows us to go beyond surveillance and actually identify perpetrators who have been caught on camera. That said, we should take steps to make sure facial recognition technology is both accurate and is not being abused to surveil people who have not definitively committed crimes. Security InfoWatch celebrated a decade of physical security innovation with a list of the top 10 trends that had the greatest impact on our business and our industry. Included in that list: IP video surveillance, improving access control technology, and cloud-based systems that have made security more agile. Our take: Until recently, the physical security industry wasn’t making great strides — our biggest technological advances were generally centered around new and better cameras. The last decade has shown us how much advances in technology can change the security industry for the better.
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