Why Singapore’s Security Sector Isn’t Safe From Tech Disruption

The evolving technologies used in the security sector have increased the odds of human workers being displaced by artificial intelligence and software systems, among other tools.

This trend is likely to happen first in advanced countries such as Singapore, where people predominantly oversee command centres. As clients’ preferences change, however, industry workers should expect disruptive technologies to remain a threat if they are unable to “future-proof” themselves.

New System

Video analytics systems serve as an example of how technology is changing the security industry. For instance, a traffic command centre uses this system as a better alternative to recognise faces of people and vehicle plate numbers. Instead of a person monitoring CCTV footage, video analytics has a lower chance of missing important details that can happen in just a blink of an eye.

The video software also represents a great way to protect public areas, such as airports, or commercial spaces, such as a warehouse. Aside from protecting premises, the need for better workplace security doesn’t only hinge on meeting the changing scope of demand from clients.

Security Investigation

The Ministry of Manpower plans to evaluate the workplace safety policies of 250 more companies between July and August. The investigation will largely focus on heavy-duty machinery following recent untoward incidents. The ministry issued a stop-work order and up to $86,000 in penalties for those who were found to be non-compliant with security measures.

The security probe may also include checking the overall premises of a business if there are any other hazards. Part of the checks may involve inspecting whether you use tools for proper identification of security labels, even if it’s just a thermal printer.

Workers in the security industry can protect themselves from being displaced by technology by acquiring new skills, which are otherwise hard for a computer to perform on its own.