SURVEILLANCE or closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are so widespread nowadays that it certainly is an eye-opener to know that the technology dates as far back as World War II.
Most commercial surveillance systems today involve CCTV cameras placed at strategic areas within business premises for safety measures and to detect incidents.
In commercial settings, video footage is paramount to actively and remotely monitor, investigate suspicious occurrences, and alert responders (security units or authorities of law) if threats are detected.
Video footage is also important during post-event investigations as it can be used as evidence when crime is involved.
However monitoring video footage has its drawbacks, as even the most skillful surveillance officer could lose focus at the split second an event does occur due to distraction or the possibility that what was captured on camera is undetectable by the human eye.
As a result, most companies end up hiring extra manpower to monitor video feeds over long periods of time, which leads to time-consuming, inefficient management of labour, as well as routine fatigue.
For most companies, the problem involves infrastructure; the equipment in question is incompatible or outdated, producing poor video images that make effective monitoring a challenge.
5G-enabled Smart Security
Maxis’ Smart Security solution allows companies to leverage faster speeds that integrate artificial intelligence (AI) for more effective tracking.
AI-based solutions are able to detect objects in a consistent and accurate manner without human error. Using video surveillance, AI can learn to identify and differentiate between various objects on screen.
Maxis’ solution comprises an ecosystem of sensors and cameras, future-ready connectivity solutions, enabled by a cloud-delivered platform that provides a scalable approach to video management.
According to an article by IFSEC Global, which provides information from the global fire safety and integrated security sectors, 5G is set to make a marked impact on the security industry.
With download speeds that range from around 50Mbps to 1.8Gbps or more, a 3GB video file would only take just 30 seconds to download and stream a real-time Ultra HD video with no quality degradation or delay.
A 5G network can sustain millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices over a couple of kilometers with noticeably lower latency, at just 1-4 milliseconds (ms) as compared to existing networks, which rate between 50-100ms.
It supports video quality as high as 8K in resolution, better real-time response and faster retrieval of data for analysis. With AI integrated, the system can overcome limitations in manual monitoring.
It can be taught to focus on certain items, analyse patterns, behaviours and gather characteristics, all of which are filed for security purposes and decision making.
All of this can be triggered on a mobile app for the security taskforce to take prompt action.
With such reductions, the solution complements human workforce and helps businesses to digitalise operations, improve efficiency as well as their productivity.
As the second tallest building in Malaysia, Komtar has been home to Penang’s many governing bodies since its inception in 1986.
When Maxis digitised Komtar security’s existing legacy system, it did so without having to overhaul the existing cameras and hardware.
Until the end of June, a trial 5G smart surveillance system is placed – equipped with new analytics and detection methods.
“Our smart security use case at Komtar is approved by MCMC as part of the 5GDP project, ” said head of Maxis’ Enterprise Products, Selvakumar Rajasekaran.
“It is one of the many examples of how we are enabling the power of new technologies like 5G, AI and IoT to improve efficiencies and outcomes.
“Maxis plays an important role in delivering the best in class IoT solutions to support the nation’s digital ambitions, along with a safer and greener society.”
The new system presents security level functions that enhance intrusion detection by detecting passersby who exhibit suspicious behaviour in high profile, sensitive areas.
The system also focuses on suspicious objects for too long left in high traffic areas, to prevent potential disasters from occurring.
The most crucial upgrade is the ability to alert security officers of detections, through a mobile device, which can quickly assess the situation and make important real-time decisions.
The surveillance system also helps Komtar security officers manage visitor capacity using analytics that take a headcount of those entering and exiting the building, assuring the space needed for social distancing.
In addition, the system triggers alerts when a crowd forms at high traffic areas such as lifts or elevators, prompting security officers to enforce SOPs without additional manpower.
Selvakumar added that 5G’s lower latency, improved speeds and reliability allow further new advancements – such as intelligent drones, augmented reality, virtual reality simulations for emergency situations and energy control sensors – to be installed.
Maxis’ head of Enterprise Products, Selvakumar Rajasekaran: “Maxis plays an important role in delivering the best in class IoT solutions to support the nation’s digital ambitions, along with a safer and greener society.”
“5G has the potential to accelerate digitalisation and automation across many industries in Malaysia.
“In the future, there will be more new services that require massive connections such as smart cities, smart sensors or meters, industrial automation and control, critical communications and more, ” he said.
Secure your business today with Maxis Smart Security solutions at business.maxis.com.my/en/security