Intelligent Solutions for Campuses
- By Sydny Shepard, Andreas Pettersson
- December 01, 2018
As artificial intelligence becomes a reality, rather than
just a futuristic fantasy, there is increasing concern
about whether AI will “replace” educators. With teachers
acting as one of the most important factors in student
success, this outcome is unlikely. The real promise
of AI is how this technology can allow teachers to spend less time worrying
about their students’ safety and more time helping them succeed.
Intelligent video technology can facilitate school safety by integrating
with systems such as fire alarms and sprinklers, security cameras
and automatic door locks to proactively address safety concerns. By
integrating data from multiple sensors, and drawing insights from this
data, a video cloud security platform can make school security proactive
instead of reactive.
I sat down with Andreas Pettersson, CEO of Arcules, to ask how
connected intelligent video using artificial intelligence can facilitate
student safety and security on campus. Pettersson was able to talk on
how these security features can help schools be more effective and
efficient when it comes to campus security.
SHEPARD: What is an intelligent video cloud platform?
PETTERSSON: An intelligent video cloud platform uses
cloud and AI technologies to bring an organization’s
video and sensor data together. Once it enables video
analytics, it can aggregate sensor data in one place, allowing
businesses, schools and other organizations to automate
and optimize, which leads to efficiency and
SHEPARD: What are the benefits of an intelligent video cloud platform
PETTERSSON: Typically, traditional on-premise security solutions
act as a forensic measure in physical security and can require expensive
upkeep. In comparison, an intelligent video cloud platform leverages
cloud technology to provide insights in real time and with software
that is always up-to-date. With video and IoT sensor data stored
in the cloud, campuses can analyze this data in aggregate, identify patterns,
and apply machine learning technology to help the platform
better identify relevant insights over time.
Cloud technologies also alleviate some of the routine maintenance
associated with on-premise security solutions. Rather than manually
updating software on each on-premise server, a cloud system offers software
updates via the cloud. These updates simply need to be scheduled
during off hours and set as automatic. Cloud enables IT personnel to
remotely perform these tasks, reducing the need to be physically on site.
As campuses expand, constructing new buildings or expanding to
new locations, the cloud gives schools the ability to more easily
increase and decrease the scale of their security systems to meet changing
needs. Because there are less on-premise assets to manage, cloud
technologies alleviate the scaling challenges of large servers and reduces
the cost of maintenance. Even if you have an existing on-premise
system, schools can still benefit from the cloud’s scalability, flexibility,
and reduced costs by extending your solution with a cloud platform.
Because of the ease of firmware and software updates, a cloud or
hybrid security solution can save security professionals and administrators
money and time.
SHEPARD: What are the largest challenges for schools when it comes
to physical security monitoring and how does intelligent video cloud
technology address these challenges?
PETTERSSON: Physical security is an essential focus for schools but
does pose a number of challenges. Currently, campus security is a reactive
process. Video surveillance footage is mostly used in a forensic
capacity to help identify perpetrators or provide additional context
after an incident has occurred. A hybrid or intelligent video cloud platform
is designed to eventually make campus security a proactive, or
even preventative, process. By integrating data from multiple sensors
and applying AI technology, an intelligent video cloud platform will
one day identify security threats in close to real time, allowing campuses
to proactively address security concerns before they manifest
For universities, campus size can present a problem for security.
With some campuses exceeding 8,000 acres, monitoring video security
data can be a huge undertaking. video cloud has the ability to integrate
data from many types of sensors across large campuses in order to
draw out relevant insights. This can help security officials more effectively
maintain campus safety.
SHEPARD: What common campus security issues could intelligent
video cloud address?
PETTERSSON: For understaffed security teams, an intelligent video
cloud platform can help bring the most relevant and important information
to the attention of security professionals improving their ability
to respond to incidents. Because an intelligent video cloud platform will
be able to integrate with other IoT sensors, in the future this technology
can facilitate school security and safety by improving lockdown procedures,
active shooter response, and other incident response protocols.
Imagine an armed campus intruder as an example. An intelligent
video cloud platform could integrate video data from security cameras
on the school campus to highlight suspicious activity and identify the
presence of a gun. By bringing the video footage of the armed intruder
to the attention of security professionals, the platform can help
improve perimeter security and facilitate a better incident response.
Integrated with a school’s automated door locking system, the platform
could then communicate across sensors to proactively lock the doors
to prevent entry while alerting security professionals to their presence.
SHEPARD: What other ways can this intelligent video cloud improve
PETTERSSON: One day, intelligent video cloud could also improve fire
and evacuation safety. An intelligent video cloud platform will learn to
identify patterns in the video data of evacuation drills to provide recommendations
for administrators about possible improvements to evacuation
plans. This can help alleviate bottlenecks in an emergency situation.
During a real emergency, the platform may integrate temperature and
video data to help provide real time suggestions for changes in evacuation
routes. This advance knowledge can give student and teachers crucial
additional moments to evacuate the building.
The technology could also help school security staff members
ensure day-to-day student safety. By bringing unusual activity—like a
truant student wandering the campus, or a fight in the back hallway—
to the attention of security professionals, intelligent video cloud can
help staff members perform their everyday tasks that ensure student
safety more effectively.
SHEPARD: How can this technology integrate with human school
PETTERSSON: An intelligent video cloud platform can help augment
human decision making. The technology identifies the most relevant
insights from video surveillance data and presents that information to
human security officials. This additional, real-time information can
help facilitate improved decision making. By integrating with other
IoT devices the platform allows human security professionals to focus
on critical incident response functions and perform their duties more
efficiently and with access to better information.
SHEPARD: In what ways could an intelligent video cloud security
monitoring system help teachers?
PETTERSSON: Because an intelligent video cloud platform can automate
the responses to security incidents like intruders and lockdowns,
teachers can act faster before an event escalates in time-sensitive situations.
They can focus their attention on student safety while automatic
protocols are triggered (like automatically locking doors).
Improving campus security would make schools safer for everyone,
from students, to teachers, to administrative staff.
SHEPARD: Are there other applications for this technology on school
campuses besides physical security?
PETTERSSON: This technology also has the potential to improve
infrastructure management and school upkeep. Through the application
of footpath analysis, an intelligent video cloud platform can aggregate
usage data for various aspects of school infrastructure and can
make suggestions about which improvements require the most pressing
One day, by monitoring data from other types of sensors, this type
of technology could adjust systems, like heating and cooling, to match
traffic patterns to different areas which would help schools run more
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Campus Security & Life Safety.