Innovations in security and safety systems

Article by P.K. Balasubbramaniian


There are innumerable technology trends in the security and safety systems space.  Let us take a look at the tech innovations in three major areas of perimeter security & entrance management.  – P.K. Balasubbramaniian

Gate Management Systems

It is interesting to understand the advent of the entire gate management process in communities. As hundreds of families live together, acquainting footfalls also increase manifold through the main gate. One cannot tackle this by simply prohibiting residents from getting home help or vendor facilities as the foundation of any community gate management system is built upon tracking the known from the unknown to secure community luxury with safety. But the more number of visitors enter, the higher are the security concerns.

As per a recent ADDA survey, “65% of residents chose apartment living solely due to safety while 73% still seek enhanced security.” This is why there is urgent need for contactless gate management services, now with the pandemic at bay.

The consumer basis for subscribing to a modern gate security system begins with addressing that standard difference between ‘security’ and ‘safety’, often used interchangeably. As opposed to the touchy tedious pen-ledger model, the community gate management system (GMS) process comprises managing, monitoring, and streamlining the entire gate logs of residents, vehicles, visitors, and other related services in a touchless automated manner. Therefore, this workstation also opens space for admins to directly skim through the single integrated cloud-based gate management database and take quick actions without resorting to unwarranted manual entries of the guard.

The sole reason why digitizing gate management security is a blessing for large 200+ unit gated communities is that it seamlessly bridges that gap between security and safety, urged by a micro individual in a macro community.

The basis of a gate management system for apartments goes a mile back to security guards manning entry/exit points and registering visitor logs manually. Thereafter, with the rise of amenities and facilities in housing societies, CCTV surveillance & hi-tech integrations became paramount to contain risks which gave momentum to the Automatic Gate Pass System, an eye catcher of any modern gate management software.

Although any traditional gate security system operated to safeguard residents and vehicles mostly, 96% of MCs in modern communities opined to face security risks arising out of staff, vendors, and daily emergencies. Thus, the front-end-back-end connectivity of any gate security system shifted beyond the visitor management system model and gave birth to the #NoNonsense Gatekeeper.

There are several instances where a little compromise on the part of the security guard has resulted in perpetrators sneaking in to the society garden. So one cannot allow shortsightedness in gate management. With modern GateKeeper software, QR Code Guard Patrolling comes into effect where scanning QR codes placed on every checkpoint must be completed to record patrolling and provide admins with real-time backend data.

Residents can now also use the Panic Alert feature to seek emergency assistance from nearest guards, neighbors, etc. with a single tap. Even security personnel are provided with Emergency Contacts of hospitals, fire brigades, or police through gate management system to take quick actions during emergencies.

With the COVID-19 surge for over a year now, gone are the days of manual pen-ledger gate management systems for communities. As touchless visitor management has become the new normal, gate management apps are gaining momentum with a tech-enabled visitor management software which can tackle both visitors and viruses – ADDA GateKeeper for instance.

Security Surveillance

The last couple of years witnessed more dependence on CCTV and security surveillance systems globally due to lockdowns and containment zones, restricting movements. The situation made people realize the importance of CCTV solutions for security surveillance of their home/office or loved ones..

Over the years, innovative technologies have disrupted the security surveillance space. However, the AI technology affect to security systems has been unprecedented. Going forward, the CCTV security systems may become even smarter by integrating more innovative technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

Advances in Biometric Technology

Though biometric SSO is not a new concept, many enterprises and organizations have realized the great potential of biometric, turning towards its adoption for greater security. Biometric-based Single Sign-On (SSO) solution allows users to sign-in their session/system utilizing their fingerprints or facial biometrics, making the process more secure and simplistic. It brings convenience and ease to users by eliminating the need for remembering passwords/PINs for multiple accounts.

With the growing predominance of biometrics in security and surveillance applications around the globe and advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) along with machine learning, AI-powered biometrics has begun crystallizing. It is interesting to see how AI & biometrics change the face of fintech, automotive, law enforcement, education, and healthcare sectors across the globe.
The mobile developers have come up with the integration of de-duplicators and 1:1 or 1:N matcher in smart phones, taking mobile security to the new level. There has been a rise in the implementation of facial recognition in smart phones – an alternative to unlocking the device instead of fingerprint/ PINs.

The behavioral biometrics recognizes or identifies an individual based on his/her behavior which comprises voice, signature, emotions, keystroke, posture, etc. It holds great potential in the future if being implemented at airport for catching offenders or violators with suspicious behavior. Moreover, behavioral CRM will assist in enhancing the customer experience by knowing if he/she is frustrated, angry, etc. with products/services and improve it.

A combination of next-gen Virtual Reality (VR) technology & biometrics became the talk of the tech industry. Biometric identification, when blended with VR, can bring an ultimate consumer experience and trust in CRM by adding rigorous security protocols for device authentication & consumer identification. The new revolutionary ultrasonic fingerprint scanners are gaining a lot of popularity recently.

This avant-grade technology utilizes the ultrasonic sound pressure waves to map the 3D ridges and valleys of an individual’s fingerprint to achieve greater biometric identification speed and precision.

The combination of biometrics and blockchain redefines the way an individual is identified and authenticated. Biometrics with the blockchain arrives as the new technology in the tech space to offer greater security, better scalability and addresses the rising concerns of privacy protection.