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of AI is how this technology can allow teachers to spend less time wor- rying about their students’ safety and more time helping them succeed. Intelligent video technology can facilitate school safety by integrat- ing 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 proac-
tive 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, allow- ing businesses, schools and other organizations to auto- mate and optimize, which leads to efficiency and improved safety.
SHEPARD: What are the benefits of an intelligent video cloud plat- form for campuses?
PETTERSSON: Typically, traditional on-premise security solutions act as a forensic measure in physical security and can require expen- sive upkeep. In comparison, an intelligent video cloud platform lever- ages cloud technology to provide insights in real time and with soft- ware that is always up-to-date. With video and IoT sensor data stored in the cloud, campuses can analyze this data in aggregate, identify pat- terns, 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 soft- ware 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 chang- ing needs. Because there are less on-premise assets to manage, cloud technologies alleviate the scaling challenges of large servers and reduc- es 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.
ntelligent video cloud technology integrates seamlessly on campuses to allow for a safer environment
s artificial intelligence becomes a reality, rather than just a futuristic fantasy, there is increasing concern about whether AI will “replace” educators. With teach- ers acting as one of the most important factors in stu- dent success, this outcome is unlikely. The real promise
Because of the ease of firmware and software updates, a cloud or hybrid security solution can save security professionals and adminis- trators 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 reac- tive 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 plat- form 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 cam- puses to proactively address security concerns before they manifest into incidents.
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 effec- tively 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 infor- mation 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 proce- dures, 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.

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