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Monday, May 27th, 2019


Stepping Up Security for an IoT World

Cybersecurity is a top-of-mind priority for every nation today, especially with the growing spate of cyberattacks. The recent SingHealth breach is an indication that even progressive countries such as Singapore are vulnerable to this threat. While countries are making strides on the legislation front, there is still a lot of ground to cover.

With intrusion vectors changing, and attack surfaces expanding, constantly identifying and fixing the weakest link - be it man, machine or method is crucial. To tackle these issues, smart solutions leveraging on the Internet of Things (IoT) are increasingly seen as solutions, where capabilities to capture and analyse data enables processes and outcomes to be optimised, thus raising the standards of security.

 The age of connected video

Many cities today integrate a wide range of video security solutions to detect potential threats, protect public areas, and ensure greater public safety. Changi Airport’s recent announcement of a Multi Signal Surveillance Platform pilot to monitor security incidents in its terminals is one such example.

With the advent of digitalization, video security is no longer isolated, but plays a key part of IoT. Surveillance systems are becoming smarter and collecting more data than merely gathering security footage alone. The focus cannot remain on image quality and reduction of bitrates alone, but must also turn to data security. Data security with an end-to-end solution is fundamental to the adoption of any technology infrastructure.

The adoption of a complete video security infrastructure and system enables video in transit or in storage to remain encrypted and transmitted via a secure channel.

At Bosch, a systematic approach revolves around covering major elements of the security infrastructure – securing cameras, storage devices, network communications and public key infrastructures. Following that, the system will facilitate the logical next-step – enabling users to interpret video data beyond information relating to emergency cases or evidence finding after a criminal act.

Smarter decisions through analytics

According to statistics, only around 10 per cent of video data is used and most of the data collected loses its value within seconds of being generated. At Bosch, we believe in tapping onto the hitherto unlocked potential of video security data by using all 100 percent of it – to do more for users across nations and businesses than ensure security alone.

The answer lies in built-in video analytics to enable data analytics at the source, re-assigning it towards smarter decisions that reduce costs, increase efficiencies and reap tangible productivity results.

A good example would be the retail sector’s use of video security systems – surveillance systems usually form a key component of its security system to guard against crimes such as theft. Through built-in video analytics, retailers can now repurpose the vast amounts of streaming data from security cameras simultaneously, including business statistics such as people count. It can even ensure that the number of people in a queue does not exceed the pre-defined threshold and in its event, activate the in-store public address system to request another cash register be opened to manage additional footfall.

The successful adoption and implementation of IoT in societies and businesses must first start with a solid security infrastructure. Video data security and surveillance monitoring systems are the critical next steps in ensuring a safer, smarter world that constantly evolves with innovation while safeguarding all that are a part of it.



Martin Hayes, President, Robert Bosch Southeast Asia