Urban Security

HOWEST | Belgium

Jonas Van de Wygaert | Aram Mamian | Ruben Gevaert |

On the 22nd of March 2016 three armed assailants blew themselves up within a crowded airport terminal resulting in several deaths and countless wounded. These three assailants were supported to undertake their actions through several technologies such as social media. Unfortunately, the case of Brussels airport bombing isn’t an isolated one, in the increasingly digital world individuals are more than ever empowered to undertake actions that could harm our society. The broadened threat landscape, originating from the digital world, requires a different mind-set within our law enforcement agencies. To enhance their performance and fulfil their role as protectors of our society they’ll have to evolve and adopt a proactive stance on security. This proactive stance can be achieved by a continuous analysis of recorded visual material which will highlight suspicious behaviour and enable our law enforcement agencies to intervene before the crime occurs. In order to achieve such a feat, an ecosystem must be put in place which builds on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things and Distributed Ledger Technologies harmoniously functioning together.