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Covid -19 : Enterprise Security to undergo Sea Change

The lift door opens and Ms. Rhea D’Souza and her boss move together towards the office main door. The boss fling opens the main door and keeps his finger on the Biometric Access Control Time and Attendance Reader to gain entry into the office. Ms. Rhea is now skeptical to keep her finger on the same device. She uses the hand sanitizer kept at the office reception, cleans the biosensor and then registers her biometric attendance. Enter to the new world of  “Zero Trust Security” which may well be the future at most enterprises across India. The complete paradigm of safety and security in offices is all set to change forever.

The war against Covid-19 is a real one, which Corporate India will have to grapple without a choice.  Covid-19 poses some very serious security and safety challenges at our work place. The enemy cannot be seen, its shape and form is not known, it does not get tired, it’s ruthlessly aggressive and worst, it kills. While Covid-19 continues showing its devastating effects,Corporate India will have to work out a strategic plan to combat this menace to keep its environment and people, safe and secure.

Once the lockdown opens, the government is most likely contemplating to make CEO of companies take full responsibility of managing the Covid-19 infection from spreading within their individual enterprises. The current business situation is extremely fluid as every day conditions continue to change, be it guessing how long the lockdown will last, uncertainty of future earnings, lost business scale and size, customers cancelling business contracts or refusing to meet up sometime soon, supply chain issues and the impending fear to go to work.

So what are the security and safety remedies or solutions that enterprises need to embrace to make their workplace insulated against the menace of Coronavirus?

Here are a few recommendations:

  • Contactless Access Control: Face Recognition System integrated with Non-Contact Medical Accuracy Temperature Detection is a next generation access control and attendance terminal. Access control device features include fast and precise Face Recognition, coupled with Non-Contact IR based Wrist Temperature Detection System. Face Mask Detection feature with alarm warning and access restriction to employees and visitors not wearing masks. Non-Contact Wrist Detection with access restriction measuring abnormal body temperature with a 2 degree centigrade+above the normal. A dedicated temperature display system showing real time count of people restricted for high temperature detection with the highest temperature recorded during the day.
  • Body Temperature Screening Thermal Camera: When this thermal camera detects someone into the monitored area, there is a voice alert, “ Kindly go to the measuring point for temperature measurement.” When the body comes near, within 1 metre and 30 degree of the camera field of view, it will measure the temperature within 0.5 seconds, display the temperature on the terminal and send this information if required on the cloud for future reference.
  • Virtual Security Guard: During lockdowns, manpower guarding of premises poses a huge challenge. Plus add to it the cost and efficiency of having expensive security guards for securing business premises. To mitigate this risk, enterprises could opt for Virtual Security Guards for securing their business premises. There is zero human dependency plus it is very cost-effective and reliable. In case of any break ins’, an alarm is triggered in the central monitoring station, video verification is initiated to check the scene of crime, two way audio is used to speak and warn the intruder and raise the siren from the command and control station, after which calls are made to the local police station or the QRT (Quick Response team.) This service is expected to just cost 15 % of the cost of annual manpower services.
  • Video Housekeeping using CCTV Cameras: To check and identify staff and visitors not wearing face masks, gloves, Personal Protection Gears, not maintaining sufficient social distancing, checking hygiene conditions at all the common areas, including all the working desks. Triggers are generated when any violation of the company policies are noticed and reported to the HR department or to the monitoring desk.
  • Employee Productivity Monitoring: With fewer staff, enterprises need to ensure that every employee at the work place is highly productive. With CCTV monitoring using AI algorithm, one keeps a watch on the operations to ensure all the employees are engaged in doing work and not wasting their working hours. Rules can be created using AI tools, wherein any exceptions are reported to the HR Department and to the monitoring desk.
  • De-Sanitization: This is a new compliance, which every enterprise now needs to adhere to. Cleaning and de-contamination of the entire premise, especially entrance gate of the building, canteen, meeting rooms, lifts and equipment, washroom, interior and exterior walls etc. It will also be important to de-sanitize all transport vehicles owned by the company that are commonly used.At the work place to have a hand sanitizer preferably with touch-free mechanism at all entry and exit points.At locations where the number of people entering and exiting the premise is very high, one should consider installing a sanitizing tunnel or chamber which is gaining more and more acceptance with each passing day.
  • Medical Facilities:  Medical Insurance to be made compulsory for all the workers.Hospital and Clinics in the nearby areas which are authorized for Covid-19 testing should be identified and the list to be made available at the work place at all times or with the HR department.
  • Workplace Measures: All employees to wear masksat the work place continuously while maintaining a distance of one meter between two co-workers. Lunch timings need to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing. If any worker falls sick, it must be reported to the nearest health authorities. All employees and their families should download the ‘AarogyaSetu’App.

Vigilance will have to become the buzzword in the world post Covid-19. Safety & Security wise, itwill be a relatively new environment that each one of us will have to learn to live and cope with. Health being the first priority, all due measures will have to be taken unfailingly and strict adherence to it, a compulsion for a safe and healthy environment and ultimately for a secure future ahead. The bugle has been sounded, it’s time for enterprise security to undergo a sea change.

 

Pramoud Rao

Managing Director

Zicom Electronic Security Systems Ltd.

AI in Security

Self driving cars and personalized advertising are the most popular applications of AI. Everyone has different opinions on how these impactful changes will have on our everyday lives; it has been a topic of many dinner table debates. However, this wonderful technology is being adapted for more serious applications such as security as well.
Your current CCTV camera company probably depends on your watchman to pay constant attention to the monitor. Considering the stream of people that walk in and out of every society, shop, or commercial space this rarely works. Realistically, CCTV surveillance is mostly used to try to identify crooks after a crime has been committed.  With AI, smart surveillance cameras that use facial recognition can scan images or live video stream to identify an individual with no human intervention. These systems, which function like a tireless security guard, can function as a high-end security alarm system for banks or even a people counting system in a mall. Monitoring real-time data against specific parameters helps screen unwanted elements from a central database that could be citywide or even worldwide. I feel at peace knowing that my family and home is protected by the same world-class security that was once found only at airports or government buildings.

Face detection has also become a key upgrade from the traditional biometric access control system in corporates. Besides attendance management and access control, it has additional features like identifying a VIP or blacklisted person or even behavior analytics to study employee behaviour. In large spaces such as storage facilities, it is easy to carry out illegal activities. Warehouse security camera systems with remote monitoring of CCTV ensure similar safety standards as the corporate office can be maintained in remote godowns. A businessman told me the best part of this system was that not only could it identify faces at a distance, but also send automatic warnings to the control room before the crooks would be alerted and have a chance to escape.

Now, as expected, crooks have also adapted to new technology to hack records or misuse data.

But however crafty they are altering an image leaves behind subtle indicators or digital fingerprints. The Al-based Zi-Check technology helps identify and eliminate such fraud in a business ecosystem. It can be used to trace and eliminate digital tampering in documents used for college admissions, bank loans, government funding, getting grants, securing a job or even bill clearance. Such anomaly detection helps detect fraudulent transactions and transfers faster, with more accuracy, and across entire databases. Protecting employee data is not just our duty, it is the law. An Aadhar Card Masking service that helps you to manage data in a way that complies with the new Aadhaar Act. This AI-powered system identifies the Aadhaar number on different formats of Aadhaar cards, and after masking the first 8 digits of Aadhaar number, replaces the original document in the database.

In this digitized, smart world that we live in Artificial Intelligence can help ensure crimes ranging from shoplifting to carjacking will soon be history. In fact by staying current we can ensure we are safe from digitized crimes as well. After all, a good workman always knows how to best leverage his tools. And with AI, the tools just got a lot smarter.

Aadhaar Verification – The Perfect Solution

Today, we live in a world dominated by uncertainty, unpredictability and total ambiguity. Ideal situations exist only in a hypothetical realm of our thoughts, and the concept of foresight ceases to exist. During these times, our safety has become a very crucial issue to address. Even when it comes to our homes, we do not know how safe we really are, owing to a string of visitors every day. For instance, maids are common visitors to many households, but how do we know that they actually are who they claim to be? The identity verification process can be a long and tedious one, but Zicom had an unparalleled solution to offer.

Zicom SaaS Private Limited officially introduced the Aadhaar Verification Service a few days ago, which enables the user to verify the identity of anyone entering their premises. With this service, a person’s credentials can be determined on the spot through their fingerprints and Aadhaar number. Zicom is registered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to facilitate this service. Since the Aadhaar system has spearheaded the movement to register everyone’s identities, Zicom sees great potential in the Aadhaar Verification Service, which aims to leverage the Aadhaar system further.

As crime rates continue to rise, it is crucial to authenticate the correct details of people who enter your premises. There can be no scope of human error when it comes to securing millions of people, and this is where technology comes in. The easy-to-use Aadhaar Verification Service can be installed in simple gadgets like laptops and tablets. If someone wishes to enter your premises, they will have to verify their identity via fingerprint or their Aadhaar number at the security booth. If the information provided by the person is correct, then you can keep a track of who enters your building. If the information provided is found to be incorrect, necessary action can be taken against the individual. Through the AVS system, Zicom aims to perfect the security process through cutting-edge technology and smart solutions for all your safety needs.

With this service, Zicom also extends its support to the Digital India Initiative, which aims to transform our country into a digitally empowered society. Through innovative services like the Aadhaar Verification Service, Zicom hopes to encourage the next phase of India’s digital revolution, playing the role of a leader in electronic safety and security.