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Boundary co-founders Robin Knox and Paul Walton

Home security tech specialist, Boundary, has teamed up with The University of Edinburgh to develop an outdoor security camera which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to spot potential intruders.

The camera will use machine vision to classify events captured within the parameters of the home, including being able to determine whether a person has good or malicious intent as soon as they set foot on someone’s private property. AI chipsets will detect and classify an event as a potential threat. When a person displaying certain behaviour that the algorithm is trained to recognise, the camera will ask the person to identify themselves. If they refuse, the camera’s video feeds will be passed over to a human operator for verification and intervention.

The development of the revolutionary camera is being part funded by a SMART grant awarded by Scottish Enterprise for projects deemed to be highly experimental.

Robin Knox, co-founder and CEO of Boundary, said: “There is currently no technology like this available in the home security market in Europe, so we believe this has massive potential.

“Machine vision and deep learning is the future and we want to make it available to the masses. Since our inception, we have kept cost and accessibility at the forefront of our minds, and our aim is to make this AI camera affordable so that every home can have the equivalent of their own private security guard round the clock.”

The tech startup aims to reach Minimum Viable Product (MVP) status for its AI camera later this year, with the intention of achieving a commercial launch in 2021.

An AI camera ‘watchman’ has always been in the pipeline for Boundary. Robin said: “At the moment, owners of outdoor security cameras can monitor activity via an app and push notifications. However, because these camera systems aren’t ‘smart’, they can be prone to alerting homeowners to false alarms by harmless things, such as cars driving past. After a while, these false positives can cause owners to become desensitised to notifications and they could stop taking them seriously.”

He continued: “Our camera, which is for external use only, will be able to tell the difference between an innocent shadow in the garden, and a brazen thief determined to steal your personal belongings. We want this camera to detect break ins before they occur, by identifying and engaging trespassers before they become burglars. The homeowner will also be notified of any incidents.”


Susie Haywood
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