Can Artificial Intelligence Keep Your Home Secure?


Many multimillion-dollar homes are ill equipped from a security perspective, professionals say. According to a 2011 study by the Justice Department, 94 to 98 percent of burglar alarms were false, making the systems unreliable. Top-of-the-line systems can include alarms, cameras, dogs, guards and even secret passageways. But even the most sophisticated systems can have a fundamental flaw: human error.

Security companies are hoping to harness the potential of artificial intelligence to better safeguard homes...expert say there are risks to using A.I., including concerns about privacy...

Christopher Falkenberg, a former Secret Service agent and the president of Insite Risk Management, said that with threats being made so easily over social media, he needed to help clients control their personal information and who had access to it.

He said his firm used existing technology and had created some of its own programs to track what was being said about clients online. “We used to be concerned with a small circle of people with information about you — the gardeners, the people who were on the property,” Mr. Falkenberg said. “We can’t vet all the people online the way we used to vet the gardener. We have to talk to clients about controlling the information that they personally put out there.”

At a minimum, what any security program hopes to do is make a home less attractive to criminals.

“We’ll never reduce the crime rate in East Hampton or Greenwich,” Mr. Falkenberg said. But, he added, “if we can make it that much more difficult to target our people, we’ll have achieved our goal.”

Published in The New York Times. Click here for the full article.

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