Protecting people is an enormous responsibility. Fortunately, by integrating the latest technology that is disrupting other industries, innovators can make the monumental and highly complex task of keeping people safe more efficient. This is important because the more seamless this task can be made to be, the safer we can keep people.
This is precisely what Verkada, a Silicon Valley Unicorn, is doing. They started just over five years ago with the mission to protect people and assets at scale by building physical security solutions that integrate seamlessly behind a single, cloud-based software platform. Today, they are already trusted by over 10,000 organizations.
To learn more about Verkada, we talked to Dervilla Lannon, a member of their executive team and Vice President of People.
Aspioneer (A): Thank you for being with us today Dervilla. We think that our readers would benefit from understanding how physical security technology has changed over the years. Could you give us an overview of its evolution?
Dervilla (D): It’s great to be here. Security systems have progressed since the days of an alarm sounding when an intruder triggers the system. Back then, on-premise video cameras were primarily used as a reactive technology: after an incident, video could be reviewed for evidence. The only option for real-time monitoring was to have security personnel keep a close eye on the camera feeds, which was ultimately not scalable, as a security team can only monitor so many things at once.
Today, by leveraging the latest technological advancements such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, our solutions can support security teams by proactively alerting them of potential threats – thereby reducing response times and allowing security personnel to intervene and defuse a potentially dangerous situation before it occurs.