Installations Adopt New Tools to Enhance Physical Security

Installations Adopt New Tools to Enhance Physical Security

A host of technologies — including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, autonomy and biometrics — are transforming how the military protects its installations, reports C4ISRNet. The Navy is providing physical security for multiple installations in the national capital region through a complex network of cameras and sensors, supported by analytics software. Edwards AFB, Calif., installed a ground-based radar system to monitor a 308,000-acre facility using electro-optical and infrared sensors. At those two locations, reliance on a combination of remote sensing, machine intelligence and networked surveillance can make bases safer and save money. “AI goes beyond what a human can do, because it doesn’t get tired,” said Bob Elder, chair of the cyber and emerging technologies division at the National Defense Industrial Association. … Last year’s smart base pilot at Maxwell AFB, Ala., which created a wireless perimeter with infrared sensors and facial recognition to detect and identify intruders and alert base personnel of potential security breaches, represents the latest step in leveraging data technologies for installation security. The pilot demonstrates the military’s growing use of biometric scanning to support access control, writes Kara Frederick, a research associate for the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security, in a commentary in C4ISRNet. The use of geofencing along with automated social media monitoring to improve situational awareness, though, may be better suited to use overseas, she says.

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