Disclosure: I'm the president of Fortem.
I'm also very excited about the potential security applications of AR (Augmented Reality) technologies like Hololens and Magic Leap. Our company, Fortem, develops the Omnipresence 3D security management software, that integrates with dozens of leading 3rd party security equipment, e.g. Milestone, Genetec, Avigilon. We had a strong focus on 3D and immersive features since 2008 and I think that many of our unique 3D features will be very valuable once AR comes to market.
For instance, we have a patented 3D algorithm that helps an operator to track suspects almost effortlessly, by automatically selecting cameras with the optimal, direct view of the suspect. As the operator moves in a 3D map, the cameras change automatically and if appropriate, PTZs are automatically zoomed in the optimal direction. In extreme cases, it can help eliminate hundreds of clicks during a complex alarm or investigation.
This algorithm is a good complement to AR because:
- It will allow users to automatically bring up the most relevant cameras based on where they are and what they are looking at, with no user intervention
- Clicking in AR will be cool but tiring, i.e. waving your fingers is not something you'll want to do all the time. I expect that completely automating this process will be valuable beyond security, e.g. in entertainment.
It's important to realize that AR like Hololens will likely suffer from severe limitations in its first iterations, e.g. the battery life, the range will probably be limited and require mapping the space in 3D to localize the headset precisely. In our case, mapping facilities in 3D is already part of our standard process so we can probably deal with these limitations better than companies that don't have a 3D expertise.