EXCLUSIVE: How AI is transforming industrial security

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Leo Merle, Corporate Marketing Manager at Blaize delves into how AI can enhance safety and efficiency at manufacturing and industrial facilities.


Integrating AI into industrial and manufacturing processes has become revolutionary in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.

In this environment, companies must identify pioneering organizations in AI technology at the forefront of this transformation, possessing innovations reshaping the security landscape for the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Intrusion systems: fortifying your defenses

Intrusion detection systems are pivotal in the industrial and manufacturing security world. Traditional systems rely on static rules and predefined patterns to identify potential threats.

However, these systems often generate false alarms and struggle to adapt to evolving attack methodologies.

Today’s AI-powered intrusion detection solutions bring a paradigm shift in security.

By leveraging machine learning algorithms, these systems continuously analyze data from sensors and cameras to distinguish between normal activities, suspicious behavior or policy violations.

With so many potential attacks on a system, a solution that continuously monitors your networks for malicious activity or violations of corporate policies and security protocols must be in place.

This dynamic approach significantly reduces false alarms while enhancing the ability to detect genuine threats in real time.

Industries can now fortify their defenses with AI-backed intrusion systems that learn, adapt and respond effectively to evolving security challenges.

It also helps free up the limited capacity of an administrator currently monitoring the security system and responding to all security violations.

This individual can now spend more time tracking systems and activities centrally.

The key is to have a full stack AI-edge and machine learning system that detects deviations from a predetermined model’s acceptable activity classifications (i.e., wireless intrusions) and detection methods (i.e., statistical anomaly-based).

Perimeter security: enhancing the safety net

Maintaining a secure perimeter is crucial for industrial and manufacturing facilities.

Conventional security measures often face limitations in responding promptly to breaches along vast perimeters.

AI-driven solutions transform the way we secure these boundaries.

AI systems can utilize advanced computer vision and deep learning to monitor perimeter areas with unmatched precision.

They can detect unauthorized intrusions, assess the threat level and trigger automated responses, such as alerting security personnel or activating physical barriers.

Implementing technology must ensure that your facility’s perimeter remains robust, protecting your assets from potential threats.

With employee safety and well-being within a manufacturing facility a top priority, manufacturers need to constantly assess employee movement, identify where machinery operates, highlight work zone areas and immediately alert the administrator when an event occurs.

It’s a different form of perimeter monitoring, but when machinery and people work close to one another, the system must instantaneously recognize and trigger an alert for any machinery/work zone (i.e., perimeter) violation.

Rather than a single-step notification to an administrator, a multi-step approach kicks in gear and may halt all activity to minimize potential production issues or worker injuries.

Access control: a new level of precision

Access control is fundamental to safeguarding sensitive areas within industrial and manufacturing environments.

Traditional systems rely on key cards or PINs, which can be compromised or lost, posing security risks.

AI-powered access control solutions leverage biometrics and facial recognition technologies to provide unprecedented precision and security to protect the facility, data, production assets and occupants.

Employees’ identities can be verified in real time, ensuring only authorized personnel can access restricted areas.

These systems also offer the flexibility to adapt access privileges dynamically, reducing the risk associated with compromised credentials.

Fire alarm systems: AI to the rescue

Fire alarm systems protect industrial and manufacturing facilities from devastating losses.

Traditional approaches rely on fixed sensors and predefined thresholds, which may result in delayed responses or false alarms.

AI-driven fire alarm system solutions utilize sensor fusion and AI algorithms to differentiate between normal environmental fluctuations and genuine fire hazards.

These systems can predict potential fire outbreaks by analyzing historical data and monitoring environmental changes.

The result is faster response times, reduced damage and increased safety for personnel and assets.

Predictive maintenance: preventing costly downtime

Unplanned downtime due to equipment failures can severely impact industrial and manufacturing operations.

Some facilities are extensive and have remote locations that are crucial in manufacturing.

In this situation, remote asset monitoring is critical to observe equipment and facilities in remote and challenging environments continuously.

Predictive maintenance powered by AI is transforming the way companies manage their assets. Having robust AI solutions collect and analyze data locally from IoT devices deployed at the edge and sensors embedded in machinery, identifying patterns and anomalies in real-time, allows for early detection of potential equipment failures and facilitates predictive maintenance strategies.

Companies can enable proactive maintenance measures through these systems by identifying subtle anomalies and degradation patterns utilizing machine learning and AI edge-based technology.

The net result is reduced unplanned downtime, minimized maintenance costs and optimized asset performance by addressing issues proactively.​

Automated hazard detection: a lifesaver in dangerous environments

In high-risk industrial settings, automated hazard detection is central to the safety of workers and the environment.

Traditional methods often rely on manual inspections, which can be time-consuming and hazardous.

AI-based hazard detection systems utilize advanced sensors and real-time data analysis to identify potential hazards, such as chemical leaks or structural weaknesses.

By harnessing the power of real-time data analysis at the edge and automating these processes, facilities can achieve increased operational efficiency, enhance worker safety, mitigate risks, respond swiftly to emergencies and protect personnel and the environment.

Some groundbreaking AI innovations are revolutionizing security in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

From intrusion detection to automated hazard detection, our cutting-edge solutions enhance security systems’ efficiency, effectiveness and reliability.

As industries continue to embrace AI, we can look forward to safer, more secure and more resilient industrial and manufacturing operations in the future.

Embracing these innovations is not just about staying ahead but securing the future.

About the company

Blaize is a provider of a proprietary purpose-built, full-stack hardware architecture and low-code/no-code software platform that enables edge AI processing solutions at the network’s edge for computing in rapidly growing markets — automotive, mobility, retail, security, industrial automation and many others.

Blaize’s GSP solution solves the technical problem that edge AI processing requires across those verticals — very low latency and high thermal and power efficiency — which previously relied on retrofitting sub-optimized AI solutions designed more for data centers and the cloud.

This article was originally published in the October edition of Security Journal Americas. To read your FREE digital edition, click here.

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