Megacities: Ripe for Biometrics and Analytics
The soon to be burgeoning office and high rise market is the perfect vertical for new, second generation biometric and analytic solutions, according to Avi Lupo, general manager for SafeRise® Americas and co-founder of FST21 Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel. FST21 recently brought to market and has deployed the SafeRise® System (www.fst21.com), which uses advanced, military-based biometrics and video analytics to identify user’s facial characteristics, voice print and behavioral patterns. Lupo dropped by the SD&I offices recently on a press tour to familiarize us with the offering.
Lupo told assistant editor Natalia Kosk and I that in the not too distant future the high rise, office, multifamily and multi-tenant markets in urban areas will explode in population. “People are moving increasingly from the suburbs to the cities,” Lupo said. “By the year 2040, it’s predicted that 80 percent of the world’s population will reside in large megacities. And some of the challenges will be water, communications, terrorism, crime and more. The world is changing and there needs to be better protection for high-rises,” he said.
According to Lupo, the SafeRise product fulfills many of the emerging needs for security in buildings, and there’s been interest by property managers and developers who see it as an added safety measure and a competitive advantage over other properties. For integrators, there’s the recurring monthly revenue. Check it out in the February issue of SD&I magazine on our digital edition--http://sdi.epubxpress.com; in our full archives on Securityinfowatch.com; or the hard copy in your hands now or arriving shortly (page 18). – Deborah L. O’Mara, editor in chief