Bosch start-up SAST presents innovative use cases for security cameras based on open IoT ecosystem

Security and Safety Things (SAST) is presenting innovative use cases for security cameras at CES 2019 which runs from 8-11 January. These are the first to be developed on the basis of SAST’s open Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem for the security industry. The use cases show the potential of the ecosystem for restaurants, airports and events.

Within the food services sector, restaurateurs can run multiple apps and solutions on the same camera, which allows the system to count visitors and personalise solutions for customers simultaneously.

Among the applications for airports, facility operators can establish device-independent networks with different cameras. For example, high-resolution cameras from the entrance hall can be connected to simple devices from supply corridors which enable security teams to detect and track left behind objects, find the owner and alert security.

Meanwhile, entertainment and event organisers can install and continuously update the most innovative solutions from around the world on their cameras with a simple plug-and-play process, ensuring that they always have the latest algorithms for predictive control of visitor flow.

“I’m excited that we can demonstrate the potential of SAST at CES with the first tangible use cases,” enthused Hartmut Schaper, CEO of SAST. “We’re working closely with the Open Security and Safety Alliance to establish our open system as an industry standard. Open standards enable vendor-independent solutions and this accelerates innovation similar to what open app stores did for smart phones. It’s new for the security industry.”

Open IoT ecosystem

The SAST IoT ecosystem consists of an open operating system that serves as the common basis for all components, a portal for developers with tools for development and testing, a community section for help and inspiration, an app store with ready-to-use apps that can be flexibly combined and a portal for integrators that provides knowledge about innovative solutions.

These components make it possible to develop completely new solutions and implement them in use cases.

Use cases for security cameras

The SAST ecosystem connects three trends of modern security cameras. First, stronger computing power enables analyses to be performed directly on the devices. Second, the connection to the Internet is carried out at ever higher transmission rates with decreasing costs and, finally, algorithms from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning form the basis for completely new applications.

In addition to these trends, SAST’s open ecosystem allows the flexible linking of apps. This opens up a wide range of possibilities such that the security industry is on the threshold of a new era of innovation, AI use and growth.

SAST is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bosch and part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets. In the future, SAST wants to attract further investors and accelerate the expansion of its global ecosystem through external partners.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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