Augmented reality took the world by storm when Niantic introduced Pokémon Go in 2016. However, the technology has been around for longer than most people realize. But most of the world didn’t know what it was until Pokémon started popping up in their backyard. Unlike virtual reality, AR doesn’t pull people into a digital world. It keeps users in their physical environment while superimposing computer-generated images onto one’s real-world view.
Since then, AR has evolved greatly, with extensive applications in different industries. One of the few industries that have yet to be disrupted by its capabilities is physical security. But experts in the field can’t wait for it to finally happen.
Physical security experts are anticipating how the industry can benefit from augmented reality. So far, four powerful applications are expected to transform physical security for the better.
Virtual Diagrams and Illustrations
Armed with augmented reality glasses, professionals can access crucial information while they are on the job. They can accomplish their tasks more efficiently with this technology.
The same way as engineers build airplanes, physical security experts can use augmented reality glasses to see relevant information about their tasks. For instance, professionals can use such glasses to access floor plans and illustrations while they are conducting assessments on-site. Technicians and locksmiths also benefit greatly from this technology. Instead of using mobile devices, they can project wiring diagrams over walls and doors. This lets them carry out repairs and maintenance quickly and smoothly.
The same technology is also very important for emergency situations. Having access to site information enables first responders to navigate their way around facilities safely using the quickest route.
Existing commercial surveillance systems are flawed. In control rooms, security personnel may have access to multi-tiered maps, which indicate information about the premises or the location of cameras. However, not all security officers can access that information. On-ground personnel who need that information the most have to rely on their colleagues at the Security Operations Center. Far too often, maps aren’t accurate. Even if security officers do relay the right information, there’s a big chance for it to be misinterpreted.
To make facilities more secure, on-ground security personnel can use AR glasses to communicate their security needs effectively in real time. Instead of relying on verbal information from colleagues, security personnel can receive actual developments as they are happening, enabling them to respond faster.
Security experts surmise that augmented reality is going to give them x-ray vision someday. They could see through walls and monitor network cables, pipes, and other hidden equipment. Facility managers, as well as security integrators, could do their jobs more efficiently when equipped with this technology.
AR glasses might one day even let security personnel view live or archived video feed. Integrating the technology with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras on the floor enables security officers to bring up video footage. By tracking users’ eyes, intelligent algorithms can determine which subject they want video footage of.
Precise Indoor Positioning
Another AR application that will enhance security is precise indoor positioning. The technology tracks the position of every AR device and its user within the premises. With this precise GPS system, security personnel can boost productivity and enhance response time.
This application may reduce or eliminate radio chatter that’s mostly about the location of security personnel. Using this technology, dispatchers can deploy security personnel faster and more accurately based on who’s available and where they are.
In the near future, augmented reality will solve many inefficiencies in physical security by making crucial information readily available to security personnel. These applications might seem futuristic, but they aren’t impossible. Some are already being used in other industries, while the rest is on its way. For now, all we can do is innovate and wait.