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Automating critical physical security processes

September 07, 2022  |  Gerald Becker

While much of the dominant conversation around securing critical infrastructure and other facilities has focused on cybersecurity as of late, that doesn’t mean physical security can take a back seat. It must remain top of mind. 

Current physical security solutions are lacking; they simply can’t compete in today’s world. Fixed and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras, video analytics and other 2D sensor systems have their place, but what’s needed are more advanced solutions that can build on these capabilities and create a more robust security posture for our 3D world, as I previously detailed in this blog.

Automating critical security processes

As I’ve written about before, physical security is an evolving proposition. Be it intrusion detection, perimeter security or access control – the reality is that legacy technologies can’t suffice. A new paradigm is needed, and the overarching theme is the need for improved accuracy and advanced perception. This is what 3D LiDAR sensors can offer – building on those older technologies and integrating with sensors like PTZ cameras and VMS systems to precisely pinpoint the location of potential threats and optimize security resources. 

This is simply too big a challenge to be handled manually; it’s just not efficient. This is where automation can come in. With the rich real-time object metadata  generated by our QORTEX DTC™ software, security teams can automate critical security processes to protect sensitive environments. 

In essence, what Quanergy can do is trigger various IoT sensors to provide different outcomes based on an event that’s captured or related by our QORTEX perception software. What does this look like in practice? Read on. 

Looking at the use cases

We can orchestrate and automate several cameras to work together, using QORTEX and the M-Series LiDAR. Think of an office building where you have an indoor tracking system with multiple cameras, and these cameras have no sense of what one is doing versus the other. They are simply fixed cameras that are pointed at a specific location until someone comes over and moves it. In a big surveillance operation, there may be thousands of cameras, all fixed on specific positions, and these are used for reactionary surveillance – if something happens, then your security team can react, respond and assess the situation. This contrasts with a scenario where you’re proactively tracking a person of interest. In these more reactionary setups, there are often just too many cameras to really keep track of.

Use case #1: Office building indoor tracking with two cameras

Say you have an office that’s being monitored by PTZ cameras and an employee walks in. He or she moves from the area being monitored by camera No. 1 to the area that camera No. 2 oversees. With Quanergy’s 3D LiDAR and perception software technologies, the second camera will take over and automatically start tracking this person, while camera No. 1 returns to its home pre-set position. And this adds a lot of value to traditional cameras, because while those can’t see through walls, with enough LiDAR coverage, you can still ensure the camera remains fixed on the individual’s position even if they’ve walked behind a wall. This is all done automatically – without having to have individuals pressing pre-set buttons or moving joysticks around to change the cameras’ positions. 

While the office scenario is just a small footprint, this can also be applied to much larger areas – like critical infrastructure, be it data centers, utilities, correctional facilities, ports or anywhere you’re trying to track and monitor large, open-air environments. You can continuously automate the tracking, reducing any sort of surveillance fatigue that your surveillance operator might experience if they had to do this all manually and constantly pushing presets to move the cameras around. This helps them automate it so that when there is an actual threat, they’ll be able to quickly assess this in real time and track that potential threat at any time. 

Use case #2: Security zone with PTZ camera and strobe light

You have a PTZ camera that’s going to move when it gets activated in the field of view. Let’s say an individual enters the specific zone you’re focused on; that’s going to activate multiple IoT devices – it could be lighting, sirens or strobe lights. We can enable the automatic activation of different IoT devices to create different outcomes that provide additional surveillance capabilities for security teams to assess the situation — or even more so, enhanced safety and operational workflow that provides them the peace of mind that they need to run their business. 

These are just two examples. Our solution offers easy to use APIs allowing us to send actionable insights to other IoT and software solutions making room for endless possibilities.This technology can extend to many other use cases – even going beyond security to things like helping corporations automate utility usage such as HVAC or lighting systems based on when people are actually in an office. By integrating with certain utility systems, Quanergy’s sensors can also ensure you aren’t spending tons of money and wasting energy by, say, keeping all the lights on for an office floor where no one is working. 

Come see for yourself how Quanergy is transforming physical security

To showcase how Quanergy’s LiDAR based technologies are helping change the game when it comes to physical security, we’ll be attending two upcoming security events in conjunction with some of the partners and organizations we work with. 

At both shows, our Quanergy team will demonstrate our Flow ManagementTM platform, which provides a modular, scalable and advanced perception platform to enable real-time analysis for people counting, object detection, classification and tracking. This is underpinned by QORTEX DTC  and our MQ-8tm series of 3D LiDAR Flow Management sensors, which recently got an upgrade. They’re now more powerful – and easier to deploy, use and maintain than ever before.

Come see us at:

The Global Security Exchange

Where: Atlanta, Georgia

When: Sept. 12-14, 2022

Booth: 2111

Security Essen

Where: Grugahalle, Germany

When: Sept. 20-23, 2002

Booth: #5814

To register:

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