Innovation & Security
What is the ultimate goal of innovation? The banter that goes around my department, encompassing of young brilliant minds director Sharon Kimitei a Lawyer, Dennis a Geometric Engineer, Paul Bushoki a Designer and of course me a Forensic Practitioner by profession. Well that’s us. Innovation in the corporate security industry is here to stay. Due to dynamic trends going on within our structures both political, social, and economical; crime has been evolving and so are the minds of criminals.
We need to add value to the entire eco-system from manufactures to dealers to integrator and finally end users. Africa as a whole has had a shift in terms of crime reports, statistics and even trends. We have done well in terms of deterrence. But the query remains? Are we still using Neanderthal and octogenarian methods in terms of combating crime? Are our minds still fixated? Expansion of the continent in terms of the China belt lee way; railways, roads connectivity, urbanization and infrastructure illustrates our voyage moving away from reactionary response to preventative measures.
Kenya has experienced a shifting landscape from the traditional methods of combating security within our jurisdictions to particularly where security technology, ideas and minds have been implored. Well thanks to innovation. Growth of our country’s societies resulting to urbanization has increased networks resulting to the metamorphosis of crimes that didn’t happen a century ago.
Methods of policing and law enforcement have changed from deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation to ways of crime prevention. This is what the world needs a lot of lives and resources would be saved if we exasperate this ubiquitous source.
Brief View – Academic View
From an academic point of view, innovation can simply be defined as the modification of a product and its introduction to the market. Perhaps my simple definition would be a continuous improvement. This beckons the question, what have we done to contain crime within our greasy structures? Are we still employing methods that used to be done before? Or we have developed into a new aspect. Recidivism is still at large and needs to be dealt with. Africa is still slacking in terms of crime because of this.
Innovation can simply be defined as the modification of a product and its introduction to the market place. Originally comes from Latin, which means to act or effect to innovate, to become new or renewal. From my take innovation goes hand in hand with continuous improvement. The difference is that in the process of continuous improvement are short-term results, and the changes are gradual, while innovation is, noticed great changes and results can be seen in medium term.
Jackson Muia, General Manager of Private Security Training Academy, recently stated that “The shifting landscape of the traditional methods of combating security within our jurisdictions to particularly where security technology, ideas and minds are involved is necessary for us as an industry to moving forward.” Only few security companies have training centers that have established platforms for officers to bring on board ideas that would help in fighting crime. Thanks to The entry of the new Regulator, Private Security Industry Authority (PSIA) business will not be usual.
What does the security industry need to bring to the table? Innovation and certainly it’s been really working. Innovation has played a major role in our company. For starters, our Investigations and Risk manager Anthony Musau was explaining to us how by feeding information from city surveillance cameras back into an adaptive control system, the company has been able to adjust response times for crime incidences at assignment thus, helping to minimize time frame in dealing with an incident and coming up with a report.
The shifting landscape of the traditional methods of combating security within our jurisdictions to particularly where security technology, ideas and minds are involved is necessary for us as an industry to moving forward
Let us have an example here, my operations department was once facing security officers retention challenge, so they needed an artificial force multiplier. By adding 40 cameras through five phases of deployment , as well as fully staffed Control Room to review camera feeds after an emergency call and send the information to field officers to help streamline the response by giving timely details , like a description and number plate involved in an accident , break-ins, or a description of trespass. Good work and this can be confirmed by Control Room Officer James Malombe.
Let’s outline five dimensions of innovation:
- Human – Advocating for more diversity in the security industry ad preparing for a new generation of security leaders.
- Technology – Including investment in cyber security as SENACA Customer Service, Mary Mengich says; “In the face of current threats, everyone needs to up their cyber security capabilities.
- New Markets – Bringing security applications to new areas and technology ranges, such as audio, perimeter monitoring and more.
- Service – providing free and easily accessible tools and customer service for all levels of the ecosystem, from partners to customers.
- Social Responsibility – Participating in CSR projects: Such as setting up a foundation to be able to build on the growth of the staff and the employees. To a big extended the community at large, planting of trees. And being environmentally conscious in the long run improving a company’s footprint and morale while attracting younger talent.
I believe as far as this industry is concerned, innovation is the way to go. You are either part of the change or you are part of the history – make your choice.
Musumba Tim is a Security Professional, (FORENSICS). His recent works include media, crime, PSRA ACT, INTERNET CULTURE IN KENYA, CYBER SECURITY, MATURING IN THE PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY, SOCIAL MEDIA AS N INHIBITOR TO PERFORMANCE CRIMES, ROLE OF WOMEN IN SECURITY.
CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUSES ON COMPUTER VISION, SPACE SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEMS. INNOVATION DEPARTMENT.
ORIGINAL WORKS OF SENACA EAST AFRICA.
Article by Musumba Tim 2019