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AI-Powered Firefighter Protection System Wins IBM-Sponsored Contest

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IBM has announced the winner of an international competition that sought disaster response technologies from across industry and academia. Prometeo, winner of the Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge, is an artificial intelligence system that works to protect firefighters during operations, IBM said Saturday. The arm-strapped, smartphone-sized device measures external factors that affect firefighters, such as smoke concentration, humidity and temperature. The system then links with IBM's Cloud Internet of Things platform and a machine learning model to help command centers monitor firefighter health in real time. Software developers, a nurse and a firefighter compose the Barcelona-based team that produced Prometeo.


How India Is Preparing For A Facial Recognition System

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National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the Government of India has released a tender asking for bidders to help create Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS). The objective is to leverage the power of facial recognition technology to make the security forces more efficient. The technology system which has been proposed will make an extensive database of photos belonging to Indian citizens using which machine learning models will be trained. The criminals will be identified using CCTV footage from the database, verified, and information will be distributed to all law enforcement agencies in real-time across the country. Experts have touted that using facial recognition technology to identify and solve crime may be one of the best applications of the technology.


Only 1 in 5 enterprises have DMARC records set up with an enforcement policy

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Security company Vailmail released the Summer 2019 Email Fraud Landscape report on Tuesday highlighting recent efforts by enterprises to protect email accounts from cyberthreats. The report mostly focuses on the adoption rate of Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), a system that allows email domain owners to protect their domain from unauthorized use or "spoofing." Vailmail's researchers found that most enterprises were taking a positive step forward and saw a huge spike in DMARC adoption worldwide. Yet despite widespread adoption, the study found more than 90% of enterprise domains remain vulnerable to email impersonation attacks. By using DMARC and other similar authentication systems, domain owners can publish text files in the Domain Name System (DNS) laying out specific policies for how mail receivers should deal with unauthenticated email that appears to come from their domains.


Security Guidelines for cloud-native Chatbots

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Welcome to the era of digital transformation. In fact, this growing need for quick, easy and effective communication has resulted in – you guessed it – the rise of chatbots. For Chatbots, it need not be foretold that they are going to be the cornerstones of customer engagements over the web. To list a few, they cater to needs like prompt customer support, helping with product FAQs, making reservations of cabs, hotels, etc. All of this has a direct impact on customer satisfaction and brings in stickiness to online branding mediums.


Spanish Decision May Mean Tougher Video-Surveillance Rules

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An employer in Spain may not be able to fire a worker caught on a surveillance camera doing something prohibited if the company hasn't informed workers about the video system and its purpose, according to a recent trial court decision. In a case involving an employee fired after a security camera captured him in a parking-lot fight after work hours, a Pamplona labor court ruled that the video evidence was inadmissible under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and case law from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). "The judgment is of great interest since it is the first ruling by a Spanish court on the validity that can be given to the evidence of video recordings after the publication of the new Spanish Data Protection Law and also an interpretation of the new European Data Protection Regulation," according to a blog post from Manuel Vargas of Barcelona's Marti & Associats law firm. Under Spain's own data-protection law, employers who record a worker doing something illegal are considered to have fulfilled their duty to inform so long as they have posted a sign identifying a video surveillance zone, Vargas wrote. He also noted that recent case law from the Spanish Supreme Court endorses the idea that employers aren't obligated to notify workers that they plan to use video cameras to monitor their activity for possible disciplinary purposes.


Judge Andrew Napolitano: Police surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology threaten our privacy

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Judge Napolitano's Chambers: Judge Andrew Napolitano breaks down why the Fourth Amendment is an intentional obstacle to government, an obstacle shown necessary by history to curtail tyrants. A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom in the U.S. Great Britain is currently one of the most watched countries in the Western world – watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, one study found that more than 420,000 surveillance cameras were present in public places in 2017. What do the cameras capture? Everything done and seen in public.


IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THE FUTURE OF DEBT COLLECTION? -- Lateral

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AI can be utilised in many different ways when pursuing debt collection. Firstly, software engineered by LATERAL can harness predictive data and analytics to pre-empt debt delinquency by generating actions based on a customer's previous behaviour. Businesses can rely on AI to monitor, provide alerts and even automate responses when there are changes to any key data elements that constitute a customer's risk profile. Using statistical analysis of the historical data of those owing debt, AI can predict the most effective way to ensure a future response from those customers and contact them accordingly – may it be by SMS, WhatsApp, email or Chat. Actions are simplified, automated and personalised.


IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THE FUTURE OF DEBT COLLECTION? -- Lateral

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AI can be utilised in many different ways when pursuing debt collection. Firstly, software engineered by LATERAL can harness predictive data and analytics to pre-empt debt delinquency by generating actions based on a customer's previous behaviour. Businesses can rely on AI to monitor, provide alerts and even automate responses when there are changes to any key data elements that constitute a customer's risk profile. Using statistical analysis of the historical data of those owing debt, AI can predict the most effective way to ensure a future response from those customers and contact them accordingly – may it be by SMS, WhatsApp, email or Chat. Actions are simplified, automated and personalised.


The creeping threat of facial recognition

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"[T]here's a fundamental flaw in our justification for these technologies," Accenture's Responsible AI Lead Rumman Chowdhury wrote on Twitter last month, referring to the San Francisco proposal. "Do we live in a sufficiently dangerous state that we need this? Is punitive surveillance how we achieve a healthy and secure society (it is not)?" My question about any new technology that is being rapidly adopted--AR, VR, big data, machine learning, whatever--is always "why?" Why do businesses or governments want face recognition? "'We' aren't justifying these technologies," I replied.


AI for Physical Security – Analytics Jobs

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As of today, lots of companies state to assist security firms, the army, in addition to consumers prevent crime and defend their private, homes, and buildings belongings. This particular article intends to offer business leaders in the security space with a concept of what they are able to presently expect from Ai in the business of theirs. We wish this report allows company leaders in security to garner insights they are able to confidently relay to the executive teams of theirs so they are able to make educated choices when thinking about AI adoption. At the minimum, this article intends to serve as a technique of decreasing the time industry leaders in physical security spend researching AI businesses with whom they might (or might not) be keen on working. Evolv Technology claims to offer a physical security system that consists of the Evolve Edgepersonnel threat screening machine that works with the Evolv Pinpoint automated facial recognition application.