Intersection of AI, Drones, and 5G

The blogs on this site have taken multiple looks at these emerging technologies. Here, we will look at what a convergence of these three technologies may allow in the future of the security industry.
5G internet is of course not out yet, set to go into operation in the U.S. in the early 2020s, but once in place it is expected to provide mobile speeds of over a Gigabit/second. Because big data is the foundation of any AI, it is obviously critical to any drone security operation to have always on mobile internet with excessive speed. Better that than lagging video.
Drone tech has come a long way very quickly. They are highly maneuverable and have relatively long battery lives for the tasks they perform. However, in order to maintain a aerial security grid of autonomous machines to watch a city, equally advanced battery cell technology is also needed. The batteries made for modern electric cars are not too far off in terms of their weight/power ratio.
And now, the critical AI element. In the previous article we took a look at a research project that trained a drone to identify various violent poses (kicking, punching, shooting etc.). A project like this implemented across an entire city with multiple drones would need an incredibly robust AI underpinning the whole thing, one which would have been trained on a much wider range of images and video to be able to identify all kinds of trouble and also to anticipate it in advance.
The system might be combined with something akin to the modern AI driven service called “Predpull”, which uses old crime data to generate a daily map for law enforcement with boxes drawn around the zones that the AI thinks are more likely to see a crime take place that day. This service has proven itself effective in increasing arrests and dropping crime rates in the cities that have implemented it.
It is safe to expect systems like this to arise, because not only do they have a proven track record of working, but also because just like automation in every other field, the security drones would be able to reduce the amount of manpower behind them and eliminate the need for human surveillance in many cases.
Drones have already been equipped with AI trained on facial recognition from the top down, meaning that it is recognizing the contours of your scalp or hair to determine your identity. And so, unless the world economy collapses and we stop pursuing AI and drones, I fully expect to see this play out throughout the mid-late 2020s, and possibly sooner if we are talking about only being operational for big events or on certain days.
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