Technological evolution and those that miss the point!

Does the security industry – and those working within it – have an aversion to becoming part of the evolving technological landscape? As opportunities emerge across a variety of markets, the general attitude seems to be to hunker down and hope we don’t get caught up in evolution!


f you talked to me about astrophysics, molecular gastronomy or the politics of the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing, you might find that I neither have a clue, nor care that I don’t have a clue. I might try and bluff my way through a chat about the Tour de France or the Royal Family, but I’d just be playing a role badly. However, get me onto evolution, and I’m ready to get stuck in.

I can wax lyrical about the process of evolution over the centuries, how the fishes longed to get out of the sea and eventually grew legs, and how the lizards wanted to get into the trees and feast on bananas, so they became apes.
However, slightly more interesting is technological evolution. The reason for this is that it’s just taken a significant step forwards.

The world of technology is always an exciting place, but recent advances are set to impact on almost every aspect of our lives. We’re all familiar with Moore’s Law, which indicates that the number of transistors on a chip will double every two years. Of course, today that translates as processing power doubling every two years. That by itself is quite an interesting proposition, but processing advances have recently crossed a line in terms of enablement.

Theories in artifical intelligence (AI) are not new. Take neural networking. Theoretical thinking has been around for nigh-on 20 years, but there has always been a problem with implementing the theory. Computers simply weren’t up to it. I know what you’re thinking: there have been systems using neural networking out there for years. Well, there are claims, and there are claims!

The exciting part of technological evolution is when the latest breed of processors became available, advances in AI moved forwards more in one day than they had in the previous decade. Even to those with a minimal interest in technology, that’s pretty exciting.

There are some who claim that technological advances are slow. Every time I hear that I smell a whole bunch of something, and it ain’t bananas! The potential for smart solutions is significant. It’s not just what the security sector is doing with this technology, but what other industries are achieving. The security market can leverage R&D advances in other sectors, and we’re already seeing the fruits of these advances. Surely that’s something to shout about?

The BSIA recently issued a press release reminding users of security systems that winter was coming. It told them to make sure their systems switched from BST to GMT. Okay, there might be some legacy systems out there that don’t do that automatically.

They told them to remember to lock their doors and windows. Okay, but surely they should be doing that anyway. It’s pointless installing a state-of-the-art system then leaving all the doors open. They told them to pull the curtains and leave a light on when going out.

It’s as if they really haven’t got a clue what’s going on!

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